Textbook Of Renal Disease Book

What’s the deal with kidneys? These two little bean shaped organs may seem insignificant, but they perform a role so vital that our maker saw fit to give us two of them in case one failed. Kidneys are responsible for weeding out toxins that collect in the blood, ensuring that our bodies are free from harmful waste products, toxins and excess water.

Your kidneys work hard to keep you feeling healthy. Every day about 20 % percent of your blood (about 200 quarts) passes through your kidneys and is cleaned and everyday your kidneys sift out around 2 quarts of waste from your blood before allowing it to return to your general circulatory system.

How Kidneys function

Each little kidney is composed of millions of tiny units called nephrons. Inside the nephron is a tiney blood vessel called a glomerulus which is intertwined with a tubule which is a tiny urine collecting tube. As the blood passes through the nephron, a complex interaction takes place between the glomerulus and the tubule and the result is the elimination of wastes from the blood. These wastes are then expelled via the urinary tract.

Aside from cleaning the blood, kidneys also:

  • Regulate the composition of the blood
  • Maintain the level of vital substances and ions in the blood
  • Keep the body’s water volume at ideal levels
  • Maintain the blood’s PH levels
  • Normalize blood pressure
  • Help promote red blood cell production
  • Maintain the body’s calcium levels


Tests For Kidneys Function

Before we discuss Kidney Function Tests, in medical terms Renal Function Tests (and it is always a good practice to use appropriate term instead of layman's term), it is important to know why do we perform these tests. As we know kidney is one of a vital organ of human 00004000 body and performs at least 4 functions:
1- Excretory Functions: Helps in excretion of waste products and drugs.
2- Regulatory Functions: Controls body fluid volume and composition.
3- Endocrine Functions: Produces erythropoietin, rennin and prostaglandins.
4- Metabolic Functions: Metabolizes Vitamin D and small-molecular-weight proteins.

So, now we know the real importance of a healthy kidney. But what if something wrong happens to this vital organ, then by which means we are going to assess its functions? The answer lies in the renal function tests, which tell us about the overall status of kidney's functions.

There are 3 major renal function tests, which we would be discussing below one by one:

1-Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR)

The GFR provides a useful index of overall renal function. It measures the amount of plasma ultra filtered across the glomerular capillaries and correlates well with the ability of the kidneys to filter fluids and various substances. Daily GFR is in the range of 100-120 ml/min.
A low GFR is an evidence of serious progressive renal disease and indicates a decrease in total functioning renal mass. The GFR reduces in both acute and chronic renal failure.
GFR can be estimated by the creatinine clearance with the help of following formula:
C=U multiplied with V/P where:
C: Creatinine Clearance
U: Urinary Clearance mg/dl
P: Plasma Creatinine mg/dl
V: Urine Flow Rate ml/min
Decreased GFR manifests as raised serum urea and creatinine. However serum urea and creatinine are not elevated above the normal range until there is a reduction of 50-60% in the GFR. Therefore, it should be noted that normal urea and creatinine levels do not rule out renal insufficiency and when serum urea and creatinine begin to rise, more than 50-60% of renal damage has occurred.
More accurate measurement of GFR is now most easily undertaken by ascertaining the clearance of 51Cr-labelled ethylenediamine-tetracaetic acid (EDTA).

2-Serum Urea

Urea is produced in the liver and is the end product of protein catabolism. Urea is freely filtered by the glomerulus and about 30-70% is reabsorbed in the nephrons. It is very important to note that dehydration causes increased urea reabsorption. Therefore urea level increases during dehydration as in case of acute diarrhea while the renal function is preserved and creatinine is normal. A normal urea to creatinine ratio is 20:1.This ratio is increased in dehydration while the ratio remains same in renal insufficiency. There are also some other factors that affect serum urea level such as following:

Increased serum urea independent of GFR

  • Dehydration
  • Catabolic state
  • High protein diet
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Tetracyclines

Decreased serum urea independent of GFR

  • Liver disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Low protein diet
  • Old age

3-Serum Creatinine

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    As per my untrasound report, both kidneys are normal. Should I also go for Kidney Function Test ?
    i have fatty liver Grade-II and facing acute indigestion problem these days.

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Any pre-conditions for doing the tests for albumin and creatinine in kidney function tests ?
    for instance, empty stomach before taking blood sample?

    • ANSWER:
      Albumin:
      Certain drugs increase albumin in your blood, including anabolic steroids, androgens, growth hormones, and insulin.
      If you are receiving large amounts of intravenous fluids, the results of this test may be inaccurate
      Creatinine:
      Drugs such as aminoglycosides (gentamicin) can cause kidney damage and so creatinine is monitored. Other drugs, such as cephalosprins (cefoxitin), may increase creatinine concentration without reflecting kidney damage.

      So empty stomach doesnt matter.

  3. QUESTION:
    Will medicare pick up the cost of blood tests for kidney function evaluation?

    • ANSWER:
      Medicare will pick up 80% of the cost AFTER you’ve paid the 1 part B deductible. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan the test will have a [FAQ-ANSWER] to co-pay with most plans. If you have a medicare supplement you will pay nothing.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have a blocked kidney artery if I have good kidney function?
    Im getting tested to find out why i have high blood pressure, my doctor thinks it may be because one of my kidney artery is partially blocked but my tests for kidney function came back great and he didnt hear any sounds. I really dont want to have to get my kidney artery dilated, if my kidney function is good is that a sign it may not be that?

    • ANSWER:
      Your kidney function can show perfectly normal with only ONE kidney working properly…it is better to get it tested…..always safer to know for sure.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does eating before drawing blood for a kidney function test affect the blood glucose level?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! Eating before a kidney function test will affect your blood glucose levels.
      Not only blood glucose tests, but your actual kidney tests (usually bun and creatinine) will also be affected.
      Most likely will have potassium, calcium, and other “biological tests.
      In other words “food related” tests.

  6. QUESTION:
    38 weeks pregnant…kidney function test?
    ok, i think these tests are for preeclampsia or something and i have high blood pressure at 36 and 38 week appts…also im swelling like a balloon and my weight goes up really fast, so im doing the white blood cells and the kidney function test and the 24 hour urine one…i just called and the nurse told me that the kidney test was LOW…i guess its supposed to be .8 and mine was .7…..he was talking if thery were abnormal ill have to go in early and talk about induction..with those results, you think the doctor is going to induce me?? what are the chances of that? hell call tomorrow but i just wanted to know what yall thought and get some insightbefore he does..thank you
    i dont go back til next monday though….do you think its low enough to where hell call me tomorrow and have me come in?

    • ANSWER:
      I would def be getting your hospital bag in the car and ready to go. I went through the same thing with my last daughter and when they did my test it was on a Saturday so Monday when I went back to my doctors office he told me he was going to start the induction that night. By Tuesday afternoon I had a beautiful baby girl. Good Luck and Congrats

  7. QUESTION:
    kidney function test?
    hi,
    I had some blood tests done (about 5) last week, I have phoned for my results and was told that they are all normal apart from the kidney function test for which I have to be retested in 3 months and take a urine sample at the time.
    As it was the doctors receptionist who I spoke to (they never tell you anything even if its to do with you!!!) I have no idea why I need to be retested??
    does anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have to be retested in 3 month’s time it’s likely that they found a small amount of something in your urine but weren’t sure whether this is just due to environmental conditions, such as how much liquid you’d drunk that day. They will want to ceck to make sure that whatever it is isn’t the beginning of something progressive. Anything serious and they’d have tested you straight away.

  8. QUESTION:
    How is a kidney function test done?
    My Endocrinologist put me on some medication for my thyroid. He told me that he may want to do periodic kidney function tests. I have heard of that but I have never had it done. How do they do it? Is it a blood draw? Or do they look at my urine? Or both or what?
    Also, What do they look for when they do it? Thanks.

    My next appointment with him is not until the end of this month so i will not be able to ask him about this until then so in the meantime I am looking for some insight. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to here “call your doctor” when getting lab results?
    I did lab work for 12 different things about a week ago. I called today to get the results and heard “normal” on all but 4 lab tests; my thyroid test, Liver function test, Kidney function test, and the fasting blood sugar level test. I was told “call your doctor” on the recording for those results. I have a message in to the doc. but I am curious and hoping someone else can tell me….Should I be worrying? Is that normal to have to call the doctor? Thanks for the answers!

    • ANSWER:
      I believe if it was anything major you would have recieved a call right away. Wait for the doctor to call you back and if there is something wrong then do what you have to to get better. Hang in there!

  10. QUESTION:
    For the past few months, my lower right ribs have been hurting in the back. What could be causing this?
    I am female, aged 50. Urinalysis is clear. Awaiting liver and kidney function tests. The pain seems to travel, but literally feels like it is my ribcage (back lower right). It is always worse after work (sitting at a computer all day), and sometimes it REALLY gets my attention. No particular movement makes it hurt more or less, but leaning back against my fist seems to offer relief. What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      see chiropractor , wear support belt at walmrt your not in proper alignment! take motrin 800mg for inflammation, have vit D vit b 12 tested, have massage or acupuncture, u/s therapy tens unit my chiro does it all

  11. QUESTION:
    Liver function blood test is it worth the bother?
    My GP has sent a liver blood function test in the post. No explain what for. I have a lot of blood tests and hate them and going to Dr’s can be really distressing for me. I have overdosed twice in the last 6 months one on lithium only which is more kidney damage and one lithium, serqoul XR and lorazepam. And have had kidney function tested for, thyriod and lithium levels recent enough.

    I am on a lot of medication – Lithium Carbonate, Serqoul XR, Venalfaxine, Clonazepam, Levothyoxrine, Codiene, Omeprazole PRN Clorpromazine

    I have no known physical symptoms so it’s not failing and was checked about a year ago- found fatty tissue but nothing else.

    I really don’t feel up having this blood test and wanted to hear if people thought it would really be a problem not having it as it seems very routine.
    Have been taking the lithium for 4+ years with no problems. And most of the others over ab year with no problems either

    • ANSWER:
      The drugs you are on and your overdosing can cause serious problems for your kidney’s and liver. These problems may not show in the first few years. If caught early these problems can be treated. That is why testing is so important. You do not want to end up like me and have to use a Dialysis machine for several hours twice a week.

  12. QUESTION:
    Urgent Medical Help: kidneys?
    I ahve a long history of overdoses
    and about a month ago i was on a drip for about two days and a bit.

    it is a sensitive ache in my lower back, in my kidneys and sometimes it throbs to my stomach.
    sometimes its barable but noticably there sometimes its hard to walk

    the last two days i am able to pee and when i finish, i am somehow still peeing only for a bit but its just annoying to pull up your pants and your still peeing without you relising.

    I ahve been drinking a lot of water to flush the pain out but its not working, the pain has been there over a week

    i have gone to a silverchain where i am staying (because i am away from my regular hospital) and gotten a kidney function test.
    i wont be here for the results, and i will be back in perth to my hospital in 4 days or so.
    but i would kluike some advice or guesses to go on.

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    What will they be testing in the other blood sample?
    I had 5 routine blood samples taken on Monday, one is for a full blood count, one is for a liver function test, one is a kidney function test, one is blood glucose level.

    What will the other one be testing?

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    What r the Kidney functioning Tests?
    Serum CreatinineTests are meant for wat purpose and its limits. Is it for finding out Kidney Functioning Test for Diabetic patients

    • ANSWER:
      serum screatinine is the most common screening test for kidney function. Normal value is less than 1.2

      dehydration may cause this number to rise some but creatinine levels over 2 show signs of decreased kidney function and levels over 4-5 consider dialysis

  15. QUESTION:
    Blood Tests. Diabetes HB1AC?
    I have got to go for my overall sugar tested and my cholestrol and the kidney function test as I have been diabetic for 2 years. If my HB1AC is high what should I expect? I have panic attacks and hate seeing doctors as it is.

    • ANSWER:
      HbA1C is a measure of the levels of glucose in your blood over the last three months – its a long term check of how well your doctor and you have managed to keep your diabetes under control.
      If it is high most likely the doctor will encourage some lifestyle changes, particularly in regard to diet. Potentially they might alter your medications but it all depends on how things are going.

      Try not to stress too much about going to see a doctor about check ups like these – they’re there to make sure things are going alright and to keep you in the best health. Good luck for your appointment :)

  16. QUESTION:
    I know my kidneys are scarred and damaged. Do I have chronic kindey disease?
    Hi I am 29 and I have had kidney damage for over 4 years. My left kidney is the one that’s scarred and damaged. I have kidney infection every 2-3 months if I take care of myself by drinking lots of water. My kidney function test showed that they are still functioning normally at this point. I also have liver disease and hypothyroid.. although my thyroid probably has nothing to do with it. I am getting tested to see if I have bladder reflux. I think thats what it’s called. I always have protein in my urine also.

    What I am wondering is: Is kidney damage the same thing as kidney disease?
    Because I need to know if I need to follow the kidney diease diet or not. My doctor says I don’t but I fell much worse if I eat processed foods or drink pop. I drink about 64oz of water each day and some cranberry juice every week. Any help would be appreciated!!
    Okay thanks for the response. I have permanent kidney dmage due to too many kidney infections. I’ve had this for 4 years. It’s irreversible as I said the left one is damaged I have had blood tests as well as been to radiology for some tests.
    As far as the liver goes I had lost 30% of the finction of my liver when it was diagnossed. I have permanent liver damage also. It’s from an overdose of tylenol (about 300) and about 200 other pills. Yes I was ill but because I was in a coma 4 days before being taken to the hospital my liver couldn’t be saved.

    So both are permanently damaged I know for a fact. What I want to know is: “Is kidney damage the same as kidney disease?”
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There are two blood tests that check for kidney
      damage: creatinine and Bun (blood urea nitrogen)…If these are in normal range…then
      there is a could chance that the kidneys will
      heal. Protein in the urine is not good however.
      Protein checked by a urine test, doesn’t show up
      much unless the kidney has been damaged.

      You said you have liver disease but do not
      mention what caused it. The kidneys are
      second in line to fail after the liver fails. The
      reason for this is because the toxins that
      the liver no longer handles, the kidneys try
      to dispose of and it taxes the kidneys sometimes
      beyond what they are able to handle. This only
      occurs when the liver is damaged to the point
      that the cells have started to die and form
      scar tissue inside the liver…also known as
      cirrhosis. Hypothyroid trouble can also be
      connected to the liver problem.

      There is acute kidney disease and chronic
      kidney disease. Acute means that it may
      comes and then leave, chronic means that
      it is ongoing. Damage to the kidneys, to
      me, means that it is a disease. But, the
      problem with the kidneys may be only a
      result of another problem you already have
      had and that is the liver problem. Once the
      liver problem clears up…the kidneys may
      return to normal also. Infections can occur
      in many people with no damage to the kidneys
      because of using antibiotics to fight it off.

      Most people who are having problems with
      their kidneys are told to limit the amount of
      sodium, potassium, phosphorus in their diets.
      Sodas have alot of phosphorus and
      processed food contain alot of sodium.
      However, a certain amount must be maintained
      in the body since sodium and potassium are
      needed for the heart to beat in rhythm and
      for water retention. It is best to get the
      advice from your doctor about what you stated
      here. He has your blood work and can tell
      you what you should or should not do.
      He can tell you if there are any limits to the
      amount of Sodium, potassium, phosphorus or
      proteins you should be taken in or refer
      you to a nutritionist. He can also inform you
      how much fluid you should drink a day.
      Most people who have had kidney stones are
      told to drink alot…but too much fluid can also
      overwhelm the kidneys if they have liver problems also. In cirrhosis of the liver,
      sodium is retained in the body by this disease
      and fluids have to be adjusted accordingly, to
      keep things in balance.

      Sorry that I cannot be of more help…just
      giving you some things to think about and
      maybe discuss with your doctor.

  17. QUESTION:
    If they start digging around and doing tests and stuff, what might they find?
    And should I be concerned?

    Going for an ECG in a couple of weeks, and blood tests for Liver function, Kidney function, Gloucose levels etc.

    I’m a little worried.

    Any advise or reassuring words out there?
    Very witty Hot Pink, very witty.
    Lol !!

    • ANSWER:
      been through it myself .the worst part is not knowing your mind works overtime ,at least when your results come through if there is a problem help is close at hand.
      do hope all your worry was for nothing
      all the best

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the normal range of general, liver & kidney function and lipid profile tests for blood?

    • ANSWER:
      complete blood picture:
      __________________

      haemoglobin–women:11.5-16.5
      men:13-18gm/dl
      p.c.v: male:40-50 vol%
      women:36-47%
      wbc count: adults:4000-11000cells/cumms
      neutrophils : 40-72%
      red cell count :male-4.5-5.5 mll/mm^3
      female:3.8-4.8

      lymphocites:20-40%
      monocytes: 2-8%
      eisnophils: 1-5%
      basophils:0-1%
      plateles :1.5-4.5lakhs/cumms

      fasting blood sugar:70-110mg/dl

      serum creatinine:0.5-1.2 mg/dl

      liver:
      serum bilurbin:0.20-1.20mgs/dl
      direct :0.0-0.20

      s>alkaline phosphate:
      male:80-306
      female:64-306

      SGPT:8-40units/litre
      SGOT:upto 40 units /litre
      urine for BS BP:negative
      serum proteins:6.0-8.0 gm/dl
      serum albumin:3.8-5.0gm/dl
      serum globulin:2.3-3.5gm/dl

  19. QUESTION:
    What do I need to eat prior to kidney function testing?
    My endocrinologist is concerned about my Co2 level, and recommended I see a nephrologist for testing of renal function. I’ve been online scaring myself senseless learning about Chronic Kidney Disease, indications of which fit many of my previously-idiopathic health symptoms perfectly.

    The problem/explanation?

    I’m anorexic, and have been off and on for ten years. If, for instance, one test is used to determine protein levels, what does it mean for the test if I haven’t eaten since November?

    Here are my numbers- labs not mentioned were within ref. range.

    CBC w/ Diff:
    RBC- 5.30 (3.87-5.11)
    Hemoglobin- 15.2 (12.0-15.0)

    BMP:
    Co2- 12 (19-32)
    BUN- 4 (6-23)

    Liver Profile:
    Bilirubin, Total- 1.5 (0.3-1.2)
    Indirect Bilirubin- 1.2 (0.0-0.9)

    NOTES:
    Total Cholesterol/HDL Ratio 3.2 < ----- 1/2 avg risk for women
    Glucose- 75 (70-99) <----Normal
    BP- 81/56 <---- Low

    My bilirubin levels have always been high, as have my mother's- mine have dropped significantly since I've lost weight.

    • ANSWER:
      You really, really need to ask the lab what dietary restrictions are necessary, if any. I don’t remember having any restrictions when I was just getting my kidney functions tested.

      While you’re on the phone with the lab, ask them about the urine collection “hats” for women, if you’re female and have problems peeing into a cup. The “hat” is a plastic thingamajiggy that is place over the toilet bowl, and you pee into it instead of the toilet. For those of us who don’t have built in urine aiming devices, they’re much easier to use.

  20. QUESTION:
    Would a doctor find in blood tests?
    something in blood tests to then ask for a urine test for bence jones protein? what would it be in the blood?
    as far as i know red,white,hormone, liver and kidney function blood tests were fine, but inflammation markers were raised.

    • ANSWER:
      The immune system produces special proteins called antibodies which are usually targeted specifically at bacteria and viruses that your body may encounter.

      The antibodies fit like keys into a lock on the surface of the bacteria/virus and help to neutralise or destroy it.

      On occasion the immune system’s cells may launch an inappropraite response and produce large amounts of the same antibody into the bloodstream when there isn’t an infection present. There are a number of specific disease conditions where this may be the case.

      Bence Jones proteins are the breakdown products of this particular type of antibody and are excreted from the body in the urine and thus are detected there.

      Things that may prompt a doctor to ask for a bence jones protein test of the urine are: a combination of symptoms including anaemia, bone pain, fatigue, kidney problems and recurrent infections.

      There may be signs in the blood of low red cell numbers, raised calcium and eleveated protein levels in the blood.

      Really your doctor should be explaining to you why they are doing a test. Don’t be scared to ask.

  21. QUESTION:
    Would a white blood cell count be done if you only as for a liver and kidney function test?
    I am getting a brain MRI with contrat because ive had ringing in my ears and headaches…and i need to first get a blood test clearance for kidney and liver function. I’d like to know, since i’ve been falling generally “off” lately if they will be doing a routine white blood cell/platelet count because ive had easy bruising, dizziness and today when i had the blood test i had a very bad bruise and the test didnt even hurt at ALL. I’ve just been feeling extremely run down, tired (although i do wake up very early) and doctor said i had swollen lymph nodes… so i was wondering if they always check the blood counts when they do liver and kidney function blood test. Also if anybody knows a lot about this kind of stuff, what do these symptoms sound like, and do i have something to worry about?

    • ANSWER:
      The doctor may have ordered this test to be
      done: known as the Complete Blood count,
      which would test to see the amount of
      Red Blood Cells, White blood Cells and
      platelets you have. However, this test is
      separate from the liver enzyme and liver
      function tests (hepatic panel) and the kidney (renal) panel.

      You would have to check with your doctor
      about this.

      Ringing in the ears can come if you are
      on medications…some medications can
      cause this. Being extremely tired,
      easy bruising, swollen lymph nodes can
      be a sign of Mono or a problem with the
      liver.
      They are using contrast in your MRI…
      they want to be sure the contrast will
      leave the body fast enough, which the
      liver and kidneys would be involved in
      this.

      I hope you are diagnosed soon and that
      your recovery will be a quick one.
      Best wishes to you. Hope this information
      is of some help.

  22. QUESTION:
    Why is klonopin not showing in my urine when taking 3 times a day?
    I have taken this medication for over 8+ years for ptsd, anxiety disorder, and the like. Twice, it has not shown up on a drug screen when it clearly should have. My kidney function test was normal, and people throughout this time period who have come and gone from my life can testify that I have taken this drug as prescribed. I do not understand why benzodiazapine does not show up in the urine testing. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a false negative. Usually it’s the other way around, but I know it can happen with other lab tests, so could be your problem here.
      I’m guessing for one reason or another you take regular blood panels…it might all be in the percentages? Enough tests, a few false readings.
      I once knew of a girl who was 5 months pregnant and a pregnancy test showed she was negative. 4 months later the results were confirmed. LoL!

  23. QUESTION:
    Is a rapid drop in ALT/AST Liver Function Enzyme Test Good?
    I’m a bit puzzled by my liver function tests…

    I’ve been drinking heavy for about 4 years, but I did take a few month long breaks, I’m 39 years old, run 10 km per day, excellent shape, perfect Kidneys tests.

    My LFT was normal in 2001, so the high levels of 3 weeks ago are relatively recent “damage”?

    Then I had some test and started to worry, here are my results:

    week 0
    AST(SGOT)124
    ALT(SGPT)117

    week 1
    AST(SGOT)33
    ALT(SGPT)78

    week 2
    AST(SGOT)24
    ALT(SGPT)46

    week 3
    AST(SGOT)20
    ALT(SGPT)34

    My levels are decreasing constantly and very fast is that because the damage wasn’t that bad and it’s healing fast, is that a good sign?

    Should I wait until the levels plateau at a certain level to drink again, would that indicate that the liver is fully healed? ALL of my levels are now perfectly normal for both kydneys and liver.

    After my liver is back to 100% normal, will I be able to drink just like I never drank before or will I have to be carfull for the rest of my life (I will cut down but I do still like to party and you only live once).?

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn’t like to put too much interpretation on your results, but I can tell you that ALT and AST results don’t indicate how ‘healthy’ your liver is – they indicate if the liver cells are actually being damaged at that time. You can lose loads of your liver function and still have normal results. You can have liver cirrhosis and have completely nomral ALT/AST levels. So don’t assume your liver is fine and it’s OK to go on drinking!!

      One other thing – your changes aren’t that dramatic – the levels weren’t that high to begin with (which doesn’t mean your liver isn’t damaged!) and the fall isn’t soectacularly fast.

  24. QUESTION:
    Will birth control pills show up on a blood pregnancy test?
    If I am NOT on birth control pills (but my doctor wants me to use them, even though I am 19 and NOT ready for sex quite yet) but I need to have a blood pregnancy test before I have another type of test done.

    Will the fact that I am not taking the bc show up in the pregnancy test? Will it show up on a liver/kidney function test? If yes, then I am screwed

    • ANSWER:
      I would say no to your question. All the pregnancy test is going to show is whether or not you are pregnant, nothing else. On kidney/liver function, there would not be anything that would show up regarding whether or not you are on birth control. Unless there is something I don’t know about, I would say you are “not screwed” literally and figuratively.

  25. QUESTION:
    Will birth control pills be seen on a blood pregnancy test?
    If I am NOT on birth control pills (but my doctor wants me to use them, even though I am 19 and NOT ready for sex quite yet) but I need to have a blood pregnancy test before I have another type of test done.

    Will the fact that I am not taking the bc show up in the blood pregnancy test? Will it show up on a liver/kidney function test? If yes, then I am screwed

    • ANSWER:
      Whether you are taking birth control or not won’t show up on any test. Even if it did (which it doesn’t), it’s private information that can only be released to you.

  26. QUESTION:
    Do drugs and alcohol show up on liver function test?
    Ok. I am currently taking a prescription of cycosporin for my skin and they require me to have my liver and kidney function tested every 4 weeks or so. I have an appointment tomorrow (which I had forgotten about)
    Basically it’s been a pretty heavy weekend including alcohol, meph and ketamine. Will this show up in my blood test? Should I cancel it and wait until later in the week? Any advice from medical / laboratory workers would be very helpful.
    Not a regular heavy drinker or drug abuser. This weekend was just a one-off. Apart from wanting to keep it confidential I don’t want it to give a false reading

    • ANSWER:
      OK, The reason you need your liver functions tested is because many medications can effect the liver just like alcohol. The blood test is not checking for what drugs are in your system, only how your liver is doing. If your concern is wanting to keep your drug use confidential, having this blood test will not identify the drugs in your system.
      On another note-if you are a heavy drinker and have been for some time, your liver enzymes may be elevated. If your test comes back abnormal -it is time to come clean with your doctor.

      Have the blood work done and see what happens.
      A nurse who knows all about alcohol and drug use.

  27. QUESTION:
    Urinalysis Test And Kidney Function?
    Alright to start off with i have 4 different types of tests ran in the urinalysis : A water only subject, A water & Salt subject, A water & sugar subject and a control subject

    It asks me to explain for each type of tests what was happening in terms of kidney function and body homeostasis.

    A starting point or answer would be greatly appreciated thanks a bunch !
    55 minutes ago – 3 days left to answer.
    yeah thats all they sent me home with it is quite tricky

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on what illness this could be?
    I’m a 28 year old male in fairly good shape and I have been dealing with a pretty random set of symptoms for the last 6 weeks and am curious what my next steps should be.

    My illness symptoms have included chest discomfort, heart palpitations, swollen/bloating feeling in abdomen(specifically the right side mid/upper), pleurisy, lower back discomfort, rash on leg, shortness of breath with very little movement or heat, and severe circulation problems when lying on my side and trying to sleep.

    I have several heart tests (2 EKG’s, 2 Chest X-Rays, and echocardiogram) done and each has come back normal. I’ve had 3 CBC’s, liver function test, kidney function test, strep test, 2 mono tests (rapid and lab), urinalysis, abdominal ultrasound (looking for gallstones) and all have come back normal.

    I was given an antibiotic and completed it 3 weeks ago. I was suffering from constipation over the last 4-5 days but have been able to sustain some bowel movements though not ever feeling like I’m adequately getting everything out. I also have noticed bright red blood after wiping several times, though this has not been consistent. I have had minor hemmorrhoid discomfort in the past.

    Over the last week, the chest discomfort has improved, however the swollen/bloated feeling in my right abdomen seems to still be there and the lower back pain (mostly on the right but also at times on the left) have seemed to worsen. I am still having circulation issues at night when trying to sleep, though I have found some pillow positioning to help alleviate some of those symptoms. The circulation problems are bad enough to where I wake up completely disoriented and have fainted twice when trying to stand up and return circulation.

    I have a doctors appointment Tuesday, but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to what could be causing my symptoms and whether I should see a neurologist or GI or any other type of specialist. I’ve already seen a cardiologist and seemingly ruled out heart issues as a cause. I also had untreated strep a month before this 6 weeks of symptoms had started. If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it. Also, if you need more background info, please leave an email address or contact me at schmoydy23@yahoo.com.

    • ANSWER:
      You’re a mess. Antibiotic is not effective against viruses, and if they are taking a shotgun approach without knowing what baceria they are targeting, well, they missed. Penicillin, for instance will kill strep, but will make e-coli a very happy diner. I have no idea what they use on Lyme.

      I would think a rheumatologist or a toxicologist would be your thing is your doc doesn’t get it figured out soon.

  29. QUESTION:
    Vitamin D deficiency and burning feet ?
    Hello ,

    My husband is 29 years old , on a full nutritional diet and is exposed daily to sunlight ( we live in the Arabian gulf at the moment ). He’s been suffering from extremely burning feet for about a year now . We made all possible tests we could think of : HA1C ( for diabetes possibility ) , vitamin B12 level , liver function tests , kidney function tests , TSH , T3 and T4 levels , Complete blood picture , uric acid levels , x-ray , sonogram on feet and pelvic areas doubler examination on feet and electrical nerve analysis . All were normal.We went to a podiatric ( feet doctor )and he had no clue what would be the cause of hid burning feet until a rheumatologist asked for vitamin D level analysis and we found he is severely deficient ( 2.9 ) .
    So could this be the cause ? What else should we do now ? Should we test parathyroid , phosphate and calcium levels ? As it’s very low , could it have affected something else we should attend to ? What dose should he be taking ?And what would be the cause ??? He’s a 29 year old healthy adult .
    Thanks Kat for thinking along . I don’t think it’s material allergy beacuase we literally threw away all his shoes . I forgot to tell that he can’t tolerate wearing normal shoes , only open slippers and we buy the best quality brands for his burning feet.

    • ANSWER:
      That is very deficient! This is putting serious impact on 32 organs especially the heart and bones and increasing his risk of cancer. Studies show a 77% decreased risk of cancer with good vitamin D levels. Optimal D level is 80ng/ml or 200nmol/l. Calcium can only be absorbed with adequete levels of vitamin D. Low calcium (hypocalciemia) symptoms include tingling, numbness and burning in the extremities. An “ionized” calcium test accurately reflects the calcium level in the body. As vitamin D deficiency affects the thyroid, i would check thyroid antibody levels. Foot paresthesia is a symptom of hypothyroidism and autoimmune hypothyroidism. TSH, free T3 and free T4 can look normal but you can still have high antibodies. A TSH level should be between 0.3 – 3.0mU/L (labs can be out of date) however studies show above 2mU/l is in the early stages of hypothyroidism.

      Causes of vitamin D deficiency >>>

      Lack of sunlight. Everyone living north of 35° latitude will get no UVB rays between the months of November through March because of the angle of the sun. Check the latitude of where you are living on this link>>>http://www.findlatitudeandlongitude.com/

      Enough vitamin D3 from the sun – think again>>>

      http://www.goodhealthwellnessblog.com/194/enough-vitamin-d-3-from-sun-food-think-again/

      Low cholesterol – cholesterol is the precursor to vitamin D. Vitamin D3 is made in the skin when 7-dehydrocholesterol absorbs UVB ultraviolet light at wavelengths between 270–300 nm. Statin drugs can cause low vitamin D levels

      Wearing sunscreen – prevents absorptions of UVB rays.

      Kidney and liver problems – processed (metabolized) by the liver and kidneys into an active form of vitamin D

      Parathyroid conditions (parathyroid – glands in front of the thyroid) – PTH (parathyroid hormone) is ordered to help diagnose the reason for a low or high calcium level to help distinguish between parathyroid related and non parathyroid related causes. PTH is ordered along with calcium and usually phosphate.

      http://parathyroid.com/low-vitamin-d.htm

      PTH…results>>>

      http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/pth/test.html

      Malabsorption problems like celiac’s disease. More and more cases are showing up as asymptomatic (no symptoms).

      Medications – statins, ulcer medications, anti-inflammatories, laxatives, prednisone, corticosteroids, barbiturates. Specific drugs listed>>>

      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/vitamin-d-000724.htm

      Hypocalcemia>>>

      http://www.livestrong.com/article/174517-clinical-signs-of-hypocalcemia/

      Vitamin D Deficiency – the Ignored Epidemic of the Developed World>>>

      http://jeffreydach.com/2007/06/10/vitamin-d-deficiency–by-jeffrey-dach-md.aspx

      77% decrease in cancer rate with vitamin D>>>

      http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/33998/

  30. QUESTION:
    CT Scan for kidneys without contrast…?
    Hi,

    I have been getting pain in my right side and mid back (also on the right side) and because it has been an on and off thing (last week was just really bad, bedridden and couldn’t work). My doctor refered me to get an abdominal ct scan to test functioning of kidney.

    The “specialist”centre stuffed up and asked me to drink the liquid and then decided because I had drank the liquid, I no longer needed the injection :o /Looking at the paper they have provided with the scans, it says without dye contrast and the kidney area is dark, not lit up at all.

    Would this be accurate enough for what I needed tested?

    If anyone knows the answer, it would be greatly appreciated.
    No, it was actually a stuff up. They were meant to give me the injection, they apologised and all because they had made the mistake of giving me the drink and then couldn’t give me the injection (couldn’t or just didn’t I don’t know).

    Got my answer so all good. Went to another doctor, they did stuff up because no way to tell how kidneys filter blood if the dye isn’t filtered. Have to get the scan redone. Great.

    • ANSWER:
      Some CTs are performed without contrast, simply because it is not needed for every CT. The specialists will know whether you need contrast or not, so try not to worry about the test not being performed correctly.

  31. QUESTION:
    How long does it normally take to get bloodwork results back?
    I’m just getting some routine bloodwork done with some additional tests for kidney function as I’ve been getting a lot of bruising lately. I forget how long it takes to get the result – when I had mono a couple years ago, they called that night to let me know. But if everything checks out, they just send a form in the mail saying that. I just forget how long it takes. What is the normal procedure? I know I should’ve asked at the clinic, but needles sort of freak me out, and I was focused on that. I’m not really that worried, but I’ve been feeling very tired lately, and want to know the cause. If something comes up abnormal, even if it is not really serious, they should still call me, right? Also, even I wasn’t tested for things like anemia and mono for example, would it be possibe to tell from the other tests if I have them? I feel sorta monoey and I’ve heard that once you have mono you can have a reoccurrence.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on whether the test were done right there in the office or whether they needed to be sent out for a special lab to perform… generally, if they are done in the office or hospital, the results should be ready either same day or at least by the next day… that doesn’t mean that they will notify you with the results that day…however, if the tests had a result that was way off, someone should let you know pretty fast so that you can start receiving treatment right away… hope this helps and good luck..

  32. QUESTION:
    Should I get the pre-procedure bloodwork done for my puppy’s spay procedure?
    She is a 6-month old 5-lb yorkie puppy and is in great health. I will be getting her spayed at the end of the month and they have the option of running pre-procedure labwork for about . Is it worth it? From what I understand it is to test liver & kidney function. How often do vets find bad results from these tests?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Why risk a problem happening on the operating table just because you didn’t want to pay for the pre-exam? Call around too – some vets don’t charge for the pre-exam (as in it is included with the spay price) mine didn’t.

  33. QUESTION:
    Could fluid retention around eyes be hormonal? I’ve reduced salt for a week and no change yet. Suggestions?
    I should add that 4 months ago I had a kidney function test for another reason and it was fine. Also I am in the late stages of perimenopause.

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly Ive never heard of that happening.
      I would see you DR. Best of luck

  34. QUESTION:
    Diabetic kidney problems, im so scared?
    i often worry about my type 1 diabetic boyfriend (diagnosed since he was 4), I have been reading up about kidney disease in diabetics which happens to 25% percent.

    I am petrified in the future my boyfriend will need a kidney transplant, im so scared, i love him so much and i am only starting to realise the seriousness of his condition.

    I keep worrying that he waits too long to inject himself after meals and his ‘screw this’ phase he went through at 14. H recently went to the docs and had liver function tests and kidney function tests and all was good. I just worry because i want to marry and have children with this man, i dont want to be an early widow, to make things worse i have a phobia of hospitals.

    Can anyone help me with these facts or know how common/safe kidney transplantation is? I also would like to know what to look out for in kidney disease and how to prevent it.

    • ANSWER:
      Your Boyfriend needs to keep a tighter grip on his Diabetes. In the long run the “Screw this syndrome” will cause major Diabetic Complications which include Kidney Failure.
      All in all your Boyfriend has a good chance of having Kidney use through out his life if he keeps the Blood Sugars under control. Type 1 or Juvenile Diabetes is a grow into Disease and has less tendencies of causing organ Failure then Type 2 Diabetes which is Onset and caused by overeating and obese conditions and lack of exercise. Good Luck in getting your Boyfriend to realize his Future Kidney use is his decision, and is maintained by proper Blood Sugars though his life. Test Blood Sugars for your Life and keep them in control. Keep Control or Die trying . Keep Records so you have something to fall back on when all else fails. Consult your Doctor for changes in your Diabetic Regiment and make sure you bring a copy of your records so he can understand what is working and what is not.
      Good Luck and May God Bless you and your Boyfriend.

  35. QUESTION:
    My husband doesn’t seem to care about my kidney damage?
    I suffer from PCOS, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Recently, I learned that I have early kidney disease. They ran a microalbumin test, which was over 112 (normal is below 30). My doctor said that if the damage continues, I will have to have dialysis soon. I’m on Diovan HCT, which I’ve been on for a couple of years, but he also put me on Altace to slow down the damage caused from my high blood pressure.
    It’s not caused from my diabetes as it has been under control. My Hemoglobin A1C tests are always normal.

    This has been very upsetting. I’ve been depressed since I found out a couple of days ago. Obviously, I’m probably going to end up on dialysis. At the very least, my life span will probably be shorter than normal. If you have high blood pressure, insist that they do a kidney function test. If they would have ran this test earlier and monitored my kidneys, this damage may have been prevented.

    Anyway, what I can’t understand is why my husband of 28 years whom I’m very close to and who’s also an RN who used to work on a dialysis ward, is acting like this news is unimportant. He said that I’m making much ado over nothing–that it’s certainly not time to sell the farm yet.

    I’m very hurt over his reaction. Does he just not care or is he unable to deal with the reality of the diagnosis? Or maybe, since he’s a nurse, he’s used to distancing himself from such things. I don’t know, but I now feel like I can’t talk to him about it. So on top of dealing with this diagnosis, I’m also having to deal with doubts about my husband’s sincerity. Any suggestions? I don’t know what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      You two may benefit from couples therapy or you can try therapy yourself to help deal with his insensitivity.
      I wish you the best.

  36. QUESTION:
    swelling in legs and reasons for it?
    Does anybody know the reasons for swelling in legs? i am getting the swelling for the past one month. i have got checked and all my reports show normal like thyroid, bp,hb etc. i am a diabetic for the past 6 years and which is well under control.kidneys function test (urea and creatinine ) are normal.The swelling subsides when the legs are put in elevated position.Gets swelling if i walk vigorously.My Doctor told menot to worry and simply asked me to forget

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    After seeing my doctor for years, he ordered tests to be done for kidney function two months ago.?
    The results came back negative and I now have kidney disease. Why were’nt tests done much earlier to see how my kidneys were?

    • ANSWER:
      maybe he saw signs that worried him so he just wanted to check he should check it more often since he knows what it is now he will have something to compare it to

  38. QUESTION:
    does lisinopril cause kidney damage?
    i was prescribed lisinopril for high blood pressure 5 months ago. i was told by my PD that it protects your kidneys by loosening the blood vessels. But, i’m getting information that it causes kidney damage and kidney failure in some patients. I’m afraid that this drug has damaged my kidneys because i’m having some symptoms of kidney disease. i will get the result of my kidney function test in two days and i’m worried . Does anybody know? if so , is the damage irreversible?

    • ANSWER:
      I have an autoimmune disorder that kills my kidney tissue. My doc put me on Lisinopril because it slows the progression of kidney disease. It wouldn’t make sense for him to have put me on it if it would CAUSE kidney disease.

  39. QUESTION:
    I have pain at the back of my head in the occipital region.?
    I have been to the doctors and saw 4 different gps at different times been to get blood tests as my bp was high, got pills for that but headache are still here going on 8 weeks now. Have to see liver specialist and have had blood tests for kidney function but they have given me no explanation for the pain in my head it becoming unbearable anybody any ideas please?

    • ANSWER:
      As you will see, if you read the article at the source there are many causes of headaches. This article includes important questions to ask your doctor.

      Headache is defined as pain in the head that is located above the eyes or the ears, behind the head (occipital), or in the back of the upper neck. Headache, like chest pain or dizziness, has many causes. There are two types of headaches: primary headaches and secondary headaches. Primary headaches are not associated with (caused by) other diseases. Examples of primary headaches are migraine headaches, tension headaches, and cluster headaches. Secondary headaches are caused by associated diseases such as brain tumors, strokes, meningitis, subarachnoid hemorrhages, caffeine withdrawal, or discontinuation of analgesics.

      Hope you feel better soon. : )

  40. QUESTION:
    kidney problems with yellow eyes?
    Hi all

    I’ve had a few tests done a few weeks ago and my electrolytes and sodium levels were high in my kidney function tests. I’m due for another set of bloods tomorrow but now the whites of my eyes are starting to turn pale yellow. My back has been sore but i stand for long periods of time at work (behind a bar) so this may not have anything to do with it.

    Could it have something to do with my tests results and possibly getting worse?

    Thanks guys

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Laura:
      Your back pain may be due to your kidneys.
      The whites of your eyes turning yellow usually has something to due with the liver.
      In regards to both-don’t take any new medications unless prescribed by your doctor who is aware of your situation and no alcohol. (You may not even drink for all I know-has nothing to do with working in a bar!)
      Call your doctor in the morning before you have your lab work if possible-he may want to add more lab work.

  41. QUESTION:
    dog diagnosed lymphedema =(?
    My shepherd’s back paw had been swollen, and I took her to the vet this past Saturday. They did x-rays and took her white blood cell count, and everything turned out fine. The vet said she has lymphedema. She said it normally affects their 2 back feet, and it causes the whole leg to swell. Only one of Kina’s paws are swollen. She also said that it normally is an indicator that their kidneys aren’t working properly. Kina just had her annual, like 3 weeks ago, and her kidney function tests were perfectly normal-so at least we know her kidneys are fine. Thank heavens!

    My question is… what exactly does this mean for my dog?

    Does anyone have experience with this? What can it lead to? Is there anything I can do?

    Pretty much… how serious is this and what does it mean?

    Thanks in advance!!! I am one worried momma. =/

    Heather

    • ANSWER:
      heres a website on lymphedema:

      http://www.petplace.com/dogs/lymphedema/page1.aspx

  42. QUESTION:
    dog diagnosed w/ lymphedema?
    My shepherd’s back paw had been swollen, and I took her to the vet today. They did x-rays and took her white blood cell count, and everything turned out fine. The vet said she has lymphedema. She said it normally affects their 2 back feet, and it causes the whole leg to swell. Only one of Kina’s paws are swollen. She also said that it normally is an indicator that their kidneys aren’t working properly. Kina just had her annual, like a week ago, and her kidney function tests were perfectly normal-so at least we know her kidneys are fine. Thank heavens!

    My question is… what exactly does this mean for my dog?

    Does anyone have experience with this? What can it lead to? Is there anything I can do?

    Pretty much… how serious is this and what does it mean?

    Thanks in advance!!! I am one worried momma. =/

    Heather

    • ANSWER:
      Go to this website. It should give you some details.

      http://www.lymphnotes.com/cat.php/id/8/

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lymphedema

  43. QUESTION:
    What to expect from glofil procedure?
    I’m having the glofil procedure to test my kidney function for organ donation on Friday. What can I expect? They just told me to drink 12 to 15, 8 ounces of water in the three days before the test. I was also told to be prepared to drink more water during the procedure. What is the procedure like? What do they do?

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    I have flushing of face and neck, swollen on both sides of neck right above collar bone, night?
    I have flushing of face and chest, swollen poofy area on both sides of neck down low above collar bone, night sweats, and I’m up urinating 1 to 2 times at night. This all started after taking hydrochodone and cortisone for back pain. I have been off all meds for two weeks. But all of the symptoms continue. Dr. did complete blood count and kidney function tests that came back normal, but I’m still scared and I think Dr. just thinks I’m overanxious. I am 50 years old. IS THERE anyone who knows what this might be? Thanks. LSH

    • ANSWER:
      One thing that comes to mind is something called superior vena cava syndrome. This is when the veins leading from the head and neck are obstructed, so there is swelling of the head and neck and it could look like flushing as well. Take a look at the source below and see if that sounds like what you could have. Do follow up with your doctor — now that you have been off the meds for 2 weeks and there is no improvement, hopefully the doctor will realize that there could be something else going on. This only one idea — maybe other posters will have some other ideas — but it is a serious condition, so if you think you do have it, please be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. If that doctor dismisses your concerns, see another.

      I hope the doctor is able to figure out what is going on and get you treated promptly.

  45. QUESTION:
    Possible kidney problem/s?
    Well, when I was seven, I had a tumour removed from the right side of my urethra, that was seven years ago (I’m 14 now). Kidney function tests done soon after showed right kidney function was around 40%. Now, I’m prone to UTIs, and when I began getting pain in my right side approx 7-8 weeks ago, that’s what I thought it was. When two different antibiotics failed to help, I went to a Urologist (actually, the one who operated on me before). FOUR different urine tests done over a period of 6 weeks have all shown blood and protein, the latest one, which was done on Tuesday, showed blood +++, and protein +. The pain is in my right flank, and also near my right hip, and also in the lower right part of my back. It seems to become more severe when the area around my kidney and the lower right part of my back is pressed (the doctor pressed down over my right kindey and in my lower back at the same time on Tuesday and ever since then it’s been hurting like hell :/). I also get occasional periods of nausea, and sometimes feel so sick I don’t want to eat anything. Sometimes (but not always) I get pain when bending over, and the severity of the pain differs from day to day, although for the last two days it’s been consistently quite bad. Sometimes I also get twinges of pain in the tops and insides of my legs. An ultrasound, however, came back completely normal.
    I’ve now been referred to a Nephrologist (kidney specialist), but I’m wondering what others make of this.
    Thanks,
    Hannah.
    Again, an ultrasound showed everything was normal, so it’s not possible that the tumour could of returned.

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    metformin and kidney problems.?
    Hi,

    Does metformin have bad effects on our kidney?
    I have had kidney stone probelms few years back.

    Some how I feel everytime I take metformin I end up getting kidney stones. Is it a problem with my kidneys or the medicine? My doc seems to be unaware of any such issues.

    Kindly help, and I would also like to know a substitue for metformin with does not screw my kidneys, if they are not function properly. Anyways I’m going to insist on doing a kidney function test.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve not found anything in drug side-effects that state that Metformin can give kidney stones, though there is loads of information stating that Metformin shouldn’t be used for people who have liver and kidney problems.

      Glyburide, by the way, is NOT a substitute for Metformin. The drugs work in totally different ways.

      If you need any websites to offer your doctor with regards to not using Metformin in cases where liver and kidney problems exist, ask him/her to take a look at the following. Your doctor may, of course, know that you have had kidney stones in the past, and feel that the use of Metformin is still worth any ‘risk’ that s/he determines there is, or may feel that kidney stones doesn’t warrant undue consideration.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is there an antibitoic for dogs not hard on kidneys?
    my dog has to have a cyst removed…he has been on clavamox for a while in case of infection from the cyst…not we decided to have it removed he is 16. his blood test showed an elevation in kidney function….is there an antibiotic for dogs that is less hard on the kidneys at all?
    very important to get advice from other people and knowledge from other people. Dont comment if you are not answering the question!

    • ANSWER:
      Why aren’t you asking your vet this? He’s getting vet treatment, and the vet is the only one who can prescribe the right pill- so why don’t you ask on your next visit or even phone the vet? They know what your dog needs, we don’t.

  48. QUESTION:
    possible chronic fatigue – how can I decrease amount of sleep I need??
    I’m a 19 year old girl, BMI 19-ish. I NEED 10.5/11 hours sleep a night to be able to function properly next day. I start to fade out at about 8.30pm and have to be in bed by 10. I’m doing a demanding academic course and my work suffers if I don’t get that much sleep. Until I started taking iron supplements I had mild anaemia – that’s now taken care of but it has had no impact on decreasing the amount of sleep I need. I am physically pretty active and sport does not have any negative effects on me, although I’m susceptible to colds and tonsillitis. I don’t drink much caffeine nor do I want to. I really want to row for my college next year which involves a big time commitment, and the way my health is right now I can’t do this unless I can decrease the amount of sleep I need. Blood/liver/kidney function tests all come out normal. So: 1) any chronic fatigue sufferers, does this sound like you? And 2) how can I function well on less sleep, without damaging myself by using caffeine/sugar??

    • ANSWER:
      Ok here might be one problem you’re having…yes you’re sleeping for about 10.5 hours, but you may not be entering REM Sleep. To make things simple we can say REM sleep is the deep part of our sleep in which we are actually resting. So you can be sleeping for 10.5 hours but not actually ever entering the stage of sleep that is required to feel well rested. My advice to you would be to try an herbal supplement called Prime Dreams; it will allow your body to naturally get the right percentage of REM sleep that it needs because you may just be lacking the right amount of time spent in REM sleep, not that you need to sleep for 10.5 hours to make through-out the day.
      You can get Prime Dreams at this link

      http://www.marketamerica.com/blittrean/index.cfm?action=shopping.uoProduct&storeID=23&prodID=13123

      Prime dreams is not something you should take every night of the week either, take it a few times and see how you feel, adjust the amount you need. Let your body naturally find its place. Just use it as an aid, so you don’t feel you need it just to feel good the next day.

      One Supplement that would help give you energy during the day that I used is called MochaTonix. To sum it up, MochaTonix is an herbal supplement for Coffee without the crash and does much more in terms of health than just keep you up. It would also help you focus when you’re in college next year.

      http://www.marketamerica.com/blittrean/index.cfm?action=shopping.wpProductNoShop&prodID=7801

      Hope This Helped and good luck in college

  49. QUESTION:
    can a low thyroid cause pitting edema in lower legs?
    I have been suffering with pitting edema in both legs i also seem to be bloated in the abdomen and have gained about 20 pounds( prob water weight) for the last 2 yrs.My kidney and liver function tests are great. could hypothyroid cause this?
    i dont have any symptoms of chf. my cardiac panel came out ok my total cholesterol was 198 ..guess that doesnt really mean anything what are some other sypmtoms of chf?

    • ANSWER:
      My fiancee is a registered nurse, and she says it sounds more like congestive heart failure than hypothyroidism.

      Unless you’re young. Then you should see a doctor.

  50. QUESTION:
    Question about anemia help?
    Anemia ques?
    Hi people ive had alot of blood test done from ana,hep c those type of tests,along with kidney function tests that were all normal..i had a complete liver tests the following CBC,CMP,MG,PHOS…My Hemoglobin i suppose was the marker that the nurse saw it was a 9 with a reference of 12..before all this ive been eating around 1100 calories and im a 27 yo guy could this be the cause of the low level..Is this a dangerous level the nurse read it to me I have to wait for the Dr,so im asking you folks thanks..
    One more thang i was on the 1100 calorie diet for 7 days or so proir from anxiety im very thin anyways..

    • ANSWER:
      For a man this is quite a low reading but nothing to really be too concerned about. You will be given iron tablets for maybe three months and you’ll notice after a few weeks how much better you’ll feel. You’ll have more energy. Take plenty of vitamin C to help the absorption of iron.

      You should be taking around 2,500 calories a day.

      Good luck


Tests For Kidneys Diseases

Kidney disease is one such killer. It can manifest itself in two ways. One is acute kidney disease and the other is chronic kidney disease. The former strikes suddenly whereas the latter takes effect over a period of time. Either way, the result if fatal for the canine and heartbreaking for the owner.

This disease causes a loss of approximately seventy percent of normal kidney 00004000 function and it is these organs that act as the body’s filtration system. If these do not work properly, toxins and waste products slowly build up in the blood. This can lead to a variety of problems, and sadly, eventual death. This unfortunately is the harsh reality of canine kidney disease.

Kidney failure in dogs stops the ability of the body to function properly. Toxins begin to build up in their bodies and once this starts, a number of symptoms and warning signs will more than likely become apparent. These two chronic diseases show different symptoms, the acute form can appear more suddenly. Often, dogs suffering from this type of kidney disease will possibly have become dehydrated. For the owner to test for hydration, gently pull on the skin of your dog’s stomach. This should spring back. If it doesn’t, there may be a possibility that your dog is dehydrated.

You may have noticed your dog not wanting to pass urine or no urine production at all. This is also is a warning sign that your pet may be a victim of acute kidney disease. This disease can lead to your dog having extremely painful kidneys; or you may notice the animal moving with stiff legs or an arched back. These symptoms are signs for any dog owner to watch out for.

In the case of chronic kidney disease, the symptoms are different and they occur over a period of time. The first indicator is an increase in thirst and consequently water consumption. This is a constant indicator of the disease. The dog might lose his or her desire to eat resulting in excessive weight loss over time. Contrary to the acute kidney disease, in the chronic version, the canine loses control over its bladder function. As a result, it urinates very frequently. As time passes, the process of urinating will cause extreme discomfort and become very painful. It is possible that there might even be blood in the urine or it may become impossible for the dog to urinate completely. Since the chronic kidney disease is a fatal illness, it is advisable to rush your pet to the veterinarian as soon as you see any of the warning signs such as problem in urination, vomiting, lethargy and depression. Any combination of these signs is a sure shot reason to go to the vet. If caught in time, there is hope for cure of this malady.

The treatment that a vet will start, for this very serious ailment, is typically four staged. The first step is to carry out a physical check up to eliminate other reasons for the symptoms. Next is the verification from the owner regarding the history and symptoms of this disorder. Then there will be tests – a blood test and finally a urine test to confirm the prognosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    will drugs show up on blood test?
    the blood test they’re doing me is a full liver panel, celiac disease test, kidney panel and some other things that i guess are routine like cholesterol, red cells, etc.
    it doesnt say “toxicology” or anything like that and in previous tests the results didnt say anything about any drug.
    im kinda freaking out because i did coke and some pills about 3 days earlier.
    will drugs show up even if they ae not specifically looking for them?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on your doctor and your insurance. I recently found out that with every urinalysis that I have done, they routinely do a toxicology screen. I discovered it by accident when my doctor accidentally mailed me her copy of my lab results instead of the copy I was supposed to have received. When she corrected the error and mailed me my copy, the drug screen wasn’t even mentioned on it. I asked her about it and that’s when she said it was routine. As for blood tests, I’m not sure if they do that or not. And honestly, I’d never heard of a toxicology report being routine with a urinalysis, and I’m a nurse. So I don’t know if my doctor was feeding me a line of crap or if she was being truthful.

      In any event, it takes 3 days for drugs to leave your system. As long as it’s been 3 days since you’ve done any drugs before you had the blood drawn, they shouldn’t be able to trace it.

      Now, if you were to go in for a drug screen where they take a clip of your hair, then you’re in trouble. They can detect drugs back for years, depending on the length of your hair. Every inch of hair is equal to one month of time.

      And, lastly, for the bigger question, if you’re having liver and/or kidney problems, why on earth are you doing drugs? Do you have a death wish? You should really back off of the drugs entirely to find out what’s going on with you. Good luck and take care of yourself!

  2. QUESTION:
    Tests on kidneys but calcium and phosperous out of wack so what could cause this?
    Had a bad test result on my kidneys ONCE. They checked again in a month and again later and everything is fine. Now the kidney guy says I dont need to see him but says my results for my calcium and phosperous are high which he says should not be because it is usually associated with kidney disease which I do not have. So hes sending me back to the doctor.

    Okay. I eat well. Lot of rice and wheat bread. Like my fish and nuts. No smoking. Rarely a drink and work out consistently. (Pretty much every day in some form or another) I have SVT and minor mitral valve prolaps e but dont take meds.

    Is there something that I could be doing? is there something that I could get them to check because they are at a loss. I will hopefully starting school in July and dont need this insanity.

    I

    • ANSWER:
      If the SVT and valve problems are giving you any degree of high BP over 125/75 I would get on ACE inhibitors depending on your age ASAP simply to go for maximum life expectancy.
      GFR is the acid test though.

  3. QUESTION:
    Why is my 9 yr old lab’s stomach full of fluid and they can nopt find anything wrong?
    My 9 year old labrador’s stomach filled with fluid all of a sudden. After going to multiple vets who diagnosed heart/liver/kidney disease which tests didn’t prove, I went and had the dreaded ultrasound for Cancer. They could not find anything. Now they suggest exploratory surgery. Anybody have any other ideas or experienced this?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe there was a fluid filled mass that ruptured.

  4. QUESTION:
    I tested positive for microscopic blood in the urine, but creatine in blood test is normal. Kidney disease?
    I also had a kidney ultrasound a few years ago, and 1 kidney is larger than the other. Does this mean that I have kidney disease? I don’t have an infection. Blood tests come back normal. Please, serious answers only.
    Im a 34 year old women.

    • ANSWER:
      I do not think that means you have kidney disease – I think everyone has one kidney bigger than another. Microscopic blood in urine might just mean you had a slight infection, or irritation in your urethra. Or, if you recently had your period, it could be blood from that also. I wouldn’t worry about kidney disease unless you had some other signs like elevated creatnine, bun, and/or urea and lowered WBCs and hemoglobin.

  5. QUESTION:
    If a blood test showed your kidneys were healthy why would a kidney ultrasound come abnormal?
    I’m worried about my mom. Last July her blood test showed her kidneys were normal but an ultrasound said her urine and kidney ultrasound were abnormal. She has to make an appointment to get the results.
    She has arthritis and scoliosis so she thought her back pains were due to that but her symptoms are urinating a lot, back pain, headaches and sometimes being tired for no reason. No pain when urinating and the blood was only visible under microscope.

    Are blood tests not accurate at detecting kidney diseases as the ultrasounds are?

    Can kidney stones or PKD be missed by a blood test?

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  6. QUESTION:
    Odd symptoms,what could they be?
    I have had cystinuria since I was ar. 11 (now 21).
    I have been on Thiola and Urocit-k, after having 3 surgeries due to kidney stones.
    Now, my doctor tells me I have low iron anemia, and low vitamin d levels. (puts me on vitamin d and poly iron forte.)
    I have mod. to severe bone and muscles pains.
    My neck and psine feel like they burn all the time. (This has been occurring for ar. 5 1/2 years now, and is getting worse.) Plus, I have been having pains beneath my belly button.
    I have hypertension and my doctor asked that I be checked for Polycystic Kidney Disease.
    Tests so far have been negative for PKD.
    What could be causing my problems?

    Any help will be highly appreciated!!!!

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    What could these symptoms be from?
    I have had cystinuria since I was ar. 11 (now 21).
    I have been on Thiola and Urocit-k, after having 3 surgeries due to kidney stones.
    Now, my doctor tells me I have low iron anemia, and low vitamin d levels. (puts me on vitamin d and poly iron forte.)
    I have mod. to severe bone and muscles pains.
    My neck and psine feel like they burn all the time. (This has been occurring for ar. 5 1/2 years now, and is getting worse.) Plus, I have been having pains beneath my belly button.
    I have hypertension and my doctor asked that I be checked for Polycystic Kidney Disease.
    Tests so far have been negative for PKD.
    What could be causing my problems?

    Any help will be highly appreciated!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Could be some form of kidney dysfunction. What does your doctor say? Have you been referred to a specialist?

  8. QUESTION:
    Is anemia causing my symptoms?
    I have had cystinuria since I was ar. 11 (now 21).
    I have been on Thiola and Urocit-k, after having 3 surgeries due to kidney stones.
    Now, my doctor tells me I have low iron anemia, and low vitamin d levels. (puts me on vitamin d and poly iron forte.)
    I have mod. to severe bone and muscles pains.
    My neck and psine feel like they burn all the time. (This has been occurring for ar. 5 1/2 years now, and is getting worse.) Plus, I have been having pains beneath my belly button.
    I have hypertension and my doctor asked that I be checked for Polycystic Kidney Disease.
    Tests so far have been negative for PKD.
    What could be causing my problems?

    Any help will be highly appreciated!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You probably have too much iron now. I become easily anemic as well. You should not be taking iron pills all the time. Instead take slow FE iron tablets once a week and eat foods high in iron and stuff that has iron in it. For example Wheat Thins have 6% iron where as some other brands like it don’t I think triscuits also has iron in them. Here are some foods high in iron that you should start eating.
      Salmon, Shrimp, Tuna, Oysters, Clams, and most kinds of seafood, Lima Beans, Kidney Beans, Navy Beans, Soy Beans, Chick Beans, Pinto Beans, Black Eye Beans, Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame, Tahini, Apricots, Rasins, Dates – Prunes, Figs, Turkey, Chicken, Egg Yolks, Beef, Pork, Lamb (Pick red meats that are lean), Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Collard Greens, Mustard Greens, Kale, Turnip Greens and Parsley
      You also need to start eating things with vitamin D in it.
      Fish and fish liver oils (especially cod liver oil),salmon, mackerel, herring, eel, tuna (canned in oil) and sardines, Milk is usually fortified with it, also egg yolks have some vitamin D.

  9. QUESTION:
    had to have blood test redone as results of kidney and bone tests were abnormal?
    tests were normal ones.gp was looking for athritisin my hands.i only have one kidney and my mam developed kidney disease so what could abnormal test result show

    • ANSWER:
      it could simply be as you have one kidney – have you been tested before – a general abnormal result may be normal for you – everyone is different – do not panic but if you are concerned chat to your gp – if there was something serious they would have told you as soon as they got the results

  10. QUESTION:
    My ankles are swollen, look more like they are retaining fluid?
    I am 28 and have been experiencing excruciating pain in my tummy. It comes and goes.Its painful to the extent where I have to go lie down for a couple of hours to get some relief. My GP said my colon is swollen. I have been for blood tests, to test for kidney infections, coeliacs disease etc. Blood tests were normal. I was sent for an ultrasound. My GP has not yet received the results, but I have now noticed that my right ankle is swollen. I am a little worried about it now. Any suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      edema of the leg. Maybe it’s an infection.

  11. QUESTION:
    How would I go about getting a genetic test for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)?
    My mum and my grandad have both had it, and have had to be put on dialysis for treatment. My mum has always been against me being tested as she believes its putting a timeline on your life.
    However, I really want to know if i have it.
    I’m 18 now, but I’m unsure of how to actually get tested, as in where do I go?
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Blessings …..
      Just go to your doctor, talk to him/her about your history and ask if there is a test to be done to find out whether or not you are a candidate.

      Take care.
      Rhapsody at www.rappingonamleody.blogspot.com

  12. QUESTION:
    what are the early tests to be performed to rule out kidney disease in diabetes, ignored for several years?
    My friend is unaware of several years that he has been diabetic and detected finally. we want to know his renal functioning, how far it is impaired? whether impaired or not? kindly suggest me Lab tests to be tested.

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetic nephropathy is kidney disease or damage that results as a complication of diabetes.
      Kidney function tests are common lab tests used to evaluate how well the kidneys are working.
      * BUN stands for blood urea nitrogen. Urea nitrogen is what forms when protein breaks down. A test can be done to measure the amount of urea nitrogen in the blood.
      * Creatinine is a breakdown product of creatine, which is an important part of muscle. The laboratory test is used to measure the amount of creatinine in the blood.
      * The creatinine clearance test compares the level of creatinine in urine with the creatinine level in the blood. (Creatinine is a breakdown product of creatine, which is an important part of muscle.) The test helps provide information on kidney function.
      * Creatinine is a breakdown product of creatine, which is an important part of muscle. Creatinine is removed from the body entirely by the kidneys. Creatinine can also be measured with a urine test.

  13. QUESTION:
    Testing for protein in the blood is a routine test for kidney complications or disease.Biology help plz?
    Biology help im a freshmen doing online class for a sophmer and i been on this question all morning..so if can help?????!!!!!

    THX ALOT

    Testing for protein in the blood is a routine test for kidney complications or disease.This is because healthy kidneys

    A.build protein with amino acids.
    B.break down protein into amino acids.
    C.leave protein in the blood.
    D.remove all protein from the blood.

    • ANSWER:
      C. leave protein in the blood

  14. QUESTION:
    Kidneys….?
    I go back to the kidney disease & hypertension doctor on Thursday, but darn, these past two days the front,sides and back around the kidney area have become quite swollen and beat red. Sort of hurts to walk and move around, almost like there is a shifting weight rotating around that area. Anyone know what could be causing this? I mean, I just started going to this guy, so im basically clueless as to whats going on becuase he just started taking tests, without any kind of diagnoses yet. Hopefully Ill find that out on Thursday.

    Also, does anyone know what the possible reason was for him taking a 24 hour urine sample from me, and 7 viles of blood? What exactly does that test for?

    Also, why is he always look at my finger tips and my ankles, im sure its to look for swelling, but every time, thats one of the first things he checks.
    Xray and Ultrasound. Said nothing seemed out of the ordinary incept for they were somewhat enlarged.

    • ANSWER:
      maybe a kidney infection or stones
      did they xray ?

  15. QUESTION:
    how much weight do i need to lose?
    i’m almost 5’6 and 155 pounds. i have some health problems (anemia and hypothyroidism.) the hypothyroidism has caused me to gain 20 pounds in one year. yes, i’m really upset about it. i’m getting blood tests for kidney disease and diabetes along with other hormone tests. i’ve been to an endocrinologist and my family has a history of thyroid problems and diabetes. lately, ive been miserably hungry, thirsty and dizzy and have been having bad diahrea. i’m going to florida and embaressed about wearing a bathing suit. can anyone tell me how much weight i should lose and how i can lose it? btw, i’m muscular and have a normal to larger bone structure. i wore a size 2 at 130 pounds and i was pretty thin.

    • ANSWER:
      Please be careful and do a lot of research about your thyroid condition. If you have endocrine issues, you might find it difficult to lose weight (my mother and I had adrenal fatigue). You must repair your body’s thyroid condition first before you can expect to drop all the weight gained from your hypothyroidism.

      That being said, it’s definitely a good idea to improve your lifestyle and the quality of food you eat just because it’s good for you and you will feel better :) More fruits and vegetables, less processed food, less grains, less sugar, less fried food, grass fed beef, a bit more exercise, swap soda for water, etc. Stay away from artificial sweeteners though, as most have been found to make you crave sweets.

      In the meantime, don’t despair! If you are terribly embarrassed about a swimsuit, slip a pretty cover up dress on while you battle your health problems. Although these problems run in your family, you can take control of your health now so that you don’t get those problems. Your condition (like mine) is very much reversible. I wish you all the best through your treatment.

  16. QUESTION:
    Could it be kidney disease?
    My husband recently had a physical to obtain a life insurance policy. Due to the results of the exam, he was denied coverage. His urine contained high levels of protein, microalbumin and hemoglobin. I’ve read that these could be signs of kidney disease. Should he get tested for kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, all three of those are signs of kidney disease. There are other symptoms of kidney disease, as follows:

      *Frequent urination or the feeling to urinate and nothing happens
      *Foamy or bubbly, very pale or darker than usual urine. Blood in urine you should see a doctor immediately(this is a major sign of kidney *FAILURE*)
      *Is your husband fatigued? If your kidneys aren’t working properly your blood has less oxygen than normal; this is anemia which causes fatigue.
      *Anemia also causes dizziness and may interfere with the ability to concentrate.
      *Being nauseous coupled with vomiting, including feeling itchy due to the presence of waste in your veins.
      *Kidney disease can make things taste different, taste the foods you know to see if they have an iron/metallic taste.
      *Walk up a set of stairs. If you notice you are always out of breath, even when not doing physical exercise, it might be due to kidney disease. A buildup of fluid in the lungs and a low oxygen count in your blood will cause this symptom.
      *Check for extraneous pain in your back or side. Often the side with the afflicted kidney will become sore. Some kinds of kidney disease can produce painful cysts on the kidneys.

      In short, he needs to get tested. If anything, as a precautionary manner.

      Good luck to ya.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me?
    I am fourteen years old. I am a type one diabetic. My sugar levels are great, ever since I got the insulin pump. But lately around the couple of months, I have been experiencing very extreme tiredness, causing me to be moody and cranky. I am a athletic person so it is ruining my lifestyle, by sitting around or lying in bed all the time.

    I have puffiness around the eyes, like its red but my eyes are itchy, I’m really not sure if it is too do with hay fever or not. Also on the lower part of my neck, its a bit sore. Also my bones and muscles hurt really bad. I was scared about leukemia but I have no bruises what so ever. My skin is dry, especially around the eyes. My joints hurt.

    But then while I was on the net, looking for possibilities, I came across something about the thyroid gland, I know diabetics like myself, have a higher risk of having problems with it.
    I can’t be too sure, I also thought I could be anemic, because I hate most meat foods and don’t eat a lot of fruit. So I am taking iron pills, I started yesterday, but I just feel so tired, I could collapse on the floor and pass out.

    Please I am confused, I know I will have to go to a doctor, I am getting blood tests soon, to test for kidney disease, thyroid and celiacs disease. Also since I’m fourteen will my symptoms relate to the childrens ones or the adults ones. Because they relate more to the adult ones.

    Yeah, once again I know you can’t diagnose me but please give me a opinion, thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Im so sorry to hear about you! Im also a type one diabetic and I actually had pretty much all of the symptoms that you had. I was tested for Lyme’s disease and I had it. There wasn’t a tick bite or anything but my joints hurt, and I was always very tired and achy. I really hope they find out whats gong on and that your starting to feel a lot better!! Best of Wishes :)

      ~Ana P

  18. QUESTION:
    What is going on with my body?
    I am fourteen years old. I am a type one diabetic. My sugar levels are great, ever since I got the insulin pump. But lately around the couple of months, I have been experiencing very extreme tiredness, causing me to be moody and cranky. I am a athletic person so it is ruining my lifestyle, by sitting around or lying in bed all the time.

    I have puffiness around the eyes, like its red but my eyes are itchy, I’m really not sure if it is too do with hay fever or not. Also on the lower part of my neck, its a bit sore. Also my bones and muscles hurt really bad. I was scared about leukemia but I have no bruises what so ever. My skin is dry, especially around the eyes. My joints hurt.

    But then while I was on the net, looking for possibilities, I came across something about the thyroid gland, I know diabetics like myself, have a higher risk of having problems with it.
    I can’t be too sure, I also thought I could be anemic, because I hate most meat foods and don’t eat a lot of fruit. So I am taking iron pills, I started yesterday, but I just feel so tired, I could collapse on the floor and pass out.

    Please I am confused, I know I will have to go to a doctor, I am getting blood tests soon, to test for kidney disease, thyroid and celiacs disease. Also since I’m fourteen will my symptoms relate to the childrens ones or the adults ones. Because they relate more to the adult ones.

    Yeah, once again I know you can’t diagnose me but please give me a opinion, thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the doctor. That’s all you can do.

  19. QUESTION:
    After seeing my doctor for years, he ordered tests to be done for kidney function two months ago.?
    The results came back negative and I now have kidney disease. Why were’nt tests done much earlier to see how my kidneys were?

    • ANSWER:
      maybe he saw signs that worried him so he just wanted to check he should check it more often since he knows what it is now he will have something to compare it to

  20. QUESTION:
    I have one more question for Raw Feeders (Raw Feeders only please)?
    I have been asking a ton of questions about raw feeding and doing tons of research and when I tell someone I am raw feeding my dog a lot of questions are posed that I do not know the answer so I research and ask questions. I want to know because I am feeding raw meat to my dogs is the bacteria in the meat such as E-coli going to effect my dog in a dangerous manner? I know dogs have a much better immune system then we do but can they handle raw meat bacteria? My dogs both have been tested for kidney disease, Pancreatic cancer, have had blood tests and have a clean bill of health before I started the diet. They have seemed to be thriving so far. If the bacteria will effect them how long till I notice signs and if it does effect them what are the signs I need to look out for? I am just a worried owner and this is about everything not just there food thank you for your help.

    P.S.- I always always wash my hands, counter, and utensils before handling raw meats and after. Also Thank you in advance for your help in my transition to Raw Diet.
    They have no scientific proof in 2007 do your research again they have done research to prove there is a better outcome to raw feeding and its a controversial subject that sways 50/50 just like every thing in this world. That is why I asked for raw feeders only I know others opinions on the fact I have read tons and so far my dogs are doing fabulous my 9 year old that was sluggish and sleeping all day and was told that she is going to start to slow down by her vet has had a 180 she is playing with my 10 month old pup like she is a pup again to the vet is astonished by her switch behavior. She was also told she would be needing a teeth cleaning in a year and the vet again told me that her teeth are doing 100 percent better that she may not need that cleaning after all and that is proof enough for me.
    Oh and FYI everything is a FAD even commercail grade food yes your purina is a FAD and there is nothing that proves commercial grade food is healthier for pets but they have been recalled so many times. Trust me I do my research not just on the interenet but with butchers, vets, other dog owners, books everything I can think of because anything can be put on the web.

    • ANSWER:
      The canine digestive system developed to handle raw meat. and in the wild the meat is not even always fresh – but some canines prefer it aged.
      Their stomachs have much more HCL acid than the human digestive tract and so that kills off much of the bacteria that might effect humans.
      Just remember that no matter what/how you choice to feed your dog their will be plenty of people ready to tell you you are doing it wrong – you just need to be comfortable in yourself that what you are doing is right for you and your dog.
      I would suggest that you might want ot join one of the yahoo e-list on raw feeding – that would be an excellent source of information for you.

  21. QUESTION:
    What are two tests your doctor can perform to check for kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Have you taken “activated Vitamin D ” for parathyroid problems caused by chronic kidney disease?
    My doctor says I will probably need to start taking it in 6 months but I am concerned about it’s side effects short term and long term. Do you know what the risks of not taking it are? My kidneys are 50% damaged from many years of taking lithium which I no longer take. My kidney tests have been stable for the past year or so. However my PTH levels are getting higher for my parathyroid.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi have copied and pasted some information for you. I have also included the link, if it does not work, type in “activated vitamin D for kidney disease” and you will find a few links about this condition.

      Hope this helps and good luck.

      Vitamin D And…kidney Disease? The Hidden Connection With Serious Consequences

      You may know that the sun and certain foods are good sources of vitamin D. But did you know that due to chronic kidney disease, millions of Americans can’t convert the form of vitamin D produced by the sun or found in food and over-the-counter vitamins into the active form of vitamin D used by the body? This means that even if you’re taking vitamin D pills, getting adequate sunlight or eating foods rich in vitamin D, your bones and organs may be at risk due to a deficiency in “active” vitamin D.

      Chronic Kidney Disease

      Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition in which kidney function slows and the kidneys stop doing critical jobs such as filtering toxins from the bloodstream.

      The severity of CKD is classified in stages, with stage 5, also known as kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), being the most severe. Patients with ESRD require dialysis, a procedure where several times a week for several hours their bloodstream is routed through a machine that filters toxins.

      40 million Americans with

      or at risk for chronic

      kidney disease

      Early-stage CKD-before dialysis is necessary-is often undetected and can worsen with declines in kidney function.

      According to the National Kidney Foundation, 20 million Americans-1 in 9-have CKD and another 20 million are at increased risk.

      So what does CKD have to do with vitamin D, let alone

      your bones?

      Before the body can use vitamin D, it has to be “activated.” Inactive vitamin D-the vitamin D you get in the form of over-the-counter pills, food or sunlight-is activated by two steps, one in the liver and the other in the kidneys.

      Then, much like a key fits into a car ignition and starts the engine, activated vitamin D fits into vitamin D receptors located in numerous tissues and systems throughout the body and triggers processes that help maintain bone, the heart, the immune system and so on.

      For people with CKD, however, their kidneys’ ability to activate adequate amounts of vitamin D deteriorates as their overall kidney function decreases. In fact, people with kidney disease may eventually lose the ability to activate vitamin D altogether.

      Secondary

      hyperparathyroidism

      When levels of active vitamin D are low or inadequate within the body, a serious complication of CKD called secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) can occur. SHPT can lead to a wide range of problems, including damage to bones and many vital organs.

      How is SHPT prevented

      and treated?

      When CKD and SHPT are detected early, the conditions may be managed and disease progression may be slowed.

      Remember, people with stage 3 or 4 CKD who develop SHPT cannot convert vitamin D into its active form within their own kidneys. Experts suggest that these patients with stage 3 or 4 CKD and SHPT take an activated form of vitamin D medication-which is available only by prescription-to correct their vitamin D deficiency and thereby treat SHPT. Managing SHPT lowers risk for bone loss or fracture, cardiac complications and dangerous mineral and hormonal imbalances.
      By: Wade Gibson

  23. QUESTION:
    False positive oral drug test causes?
    Because my son stole vodka and is deemed to have a drug problem, I am now court ordered to random drug screening. My first test came back positive for cocaine. I do not use cocaine or any other illegal, prescription or over the counter drug. In my research I found that someone with kidney disease can test positive for cocaine and I have 6 of the 10 symptoms listed, however, the site implies that this false positive only occurs in urine tests and my test was an oral swab. Can anyone tell me WITH CERTAINTY that this can happen with an oral test as well? I already know the causes for false positives are diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, kidney infection, amoxicillin (sp), and tonic water so please only comment if you can give me evidence that a false positive can occur in the oral test for whatever reason. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    In an Aviation Medical Exam, what does the urine analysis test for?
    Does it only test for diabetes and kidney disease, or does it test for drugs as well?

    • ANSWER:
      probably since they don’t want a stoner flying a plane

  25. QUESTION:
    My Grandma’s dog is sick and the vet doesn’t know why!?
    I need some help please, my grandma’s dog is a kind of small dog, American Eskimo, and he’s suddenly gotten sick. They have taken him to the vet but the vet doesn’t know wat is wrong, and they’ve tested for kidney disease but it came back negative. He seems to be fine when I have seen him but just last night he has gotten even worse, he is vomiting a whitish mucous, he has diarreia, when he pees it smells bad, and he’s now almost stumbling when walking and doesn’t like to move very much, almost lathargic. I have know idea wat’s wrong plz help!
    Thank you all that have answered, we took him to a new vet and they did and ultra sound. He had problems with his gulbladder, the bileduct was blocked by what could have been several different things, there was an operation that could have been done but it would have cost ,000 and there was only a 10% probablity of it working, and with his old age there was a good chance he wouldn’t have made it through. And so my grandma made the choice of putting him to sleep, because she didn’t want him to suffer any longer.

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask the vet to run more tests or take the dog to another vet for a 2nd opinion if the first vet is unwilling to do anymore for you. There are too many things to list that could be wrong. Get it back to a vet ASAP!

  26. QUESTION:
    diagnois of kidney disease thru urine sampling?
    okay so i had this lab wheree i had 4 urine samples. and i had to determine which had diabetes mellitus, insipidus and brights disease.
    we tested the urine sample with benedict solution, the pH of the urine, and mixing biuret reagent.
    How would i be able to determine which samples are with what disease. Anything in paticular i am looking for?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not too certain about the pH part but everything else I can answer… In normal condiditons there should be no traces of proteins or any type of sugars in your urine as the former is too big to go through the basment membrane and enter the nephron while the latter should be actively transported out while in the proximal convoluted tubule. protein or sugar presence will signfy that there is problem in normal kidney function…. The bendeict solution is used for the dection of reducing sugars like glucose…it should turn to a red colour for a positive result. If this is the case it means that there is glucose present in the liver, usually an indication of diabetes mellitus or improper liver function (usually the former)

      The biuret test tests for the dipeptide bonds…a violet colour indicates teh presences of proteins…in this case it would be brights disease… I’m not too sure about the pH one… but I do have a very educated guess. If you have diabetes insipidus…that means you are urinating more water than usual (a lot more) and do not have very concentrated urine. do a ph test and seew hich one is closest to nuetral ph (7) that would most likely be the diabetes insipidus sample… GL!

  27. QUESTION:
    Proteinuria, normal kidney biopsy…?
    I have had high levels of protein in my urine for a few years. About 500-1000 mg a day. I had been seeing a nephrologist at that time; going in for samples a few times a month and the same results. The reason I saw her for so long was because I was scared to have a kidney biopsy done. Well, I finally did and the results were that I had no form of kidney disease. My doctor was shocked by this, and even had my tissue analyed again by another person. Normal. I haven’t heard a word from that doctor since. My problem is- I’m confused- ok, so perhaps as of now I have no kidney disease, but my recurring high levels of albumin mean something is wrong according to my research. Anyone who has any knowledge about this likely knows 1000 mg is “high”. The closest one can get before its “nephrotic.” So questions: is it normal that my doctor hasn’t contacted me, or sent me to other doctors for other disease testing? What other things could possibly be wrong with me? Can this truly be a benign thing? Perhaps my kidneys are on the path to failure so how long do I let this go before seeing a doctor- til I’m in the hospital hoping for a donor? Any other insight/comments welcome. Information about me that may be helpful to your answer: I was 16-17 when this happend I am 19 now. Female. Otherwise healthy, except for iron deficiency anemia.

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    help me!!!!!!!??
    we ran one kidney test and it tested positive for kidney disease. he is currently at the vet. they are going to get the other one to make sure that for sure he has kidney disease, but all signs point to it. they tested him for blood infection, he doesnt have it. they are force-feeding him and the maggots are killed. they have him on fluids since this friday night, but he is dehyrated. he used to eat, now he is being force-fed.
    why else would he be dehydrated??
    it sounds like kindey disease and since he is so miserable we are thinking of putting him to sleep now and not waiting until the 2nd kidney-test comes in. what else could cause this dehydration? if its not anything we will just euthanize him.
    he is my rabbit. he is a Flemish Giant breed, which means he weighs about the size of a small dog tho he is not fat

    • ANSWER:
      just kill it.
      short pain is better than long pain..

  29. QUESTION:
    I know my kidneys are scarred and damaged. Do I have chronic kindey disease?
    Hi I am 29 and I have had kidney damage for over 4 years. My left kidney is the one that’s scarred and damaged. I have kidney infection every 2-3 months if I take care of myself by drinking lots of water. My kidney function test showed that they are still functioning normally at this point. I also have liver disease and hypothyroid.. although my thyroid probably has nothing to do with it. I am getting tested to see if I have bladder reflux. I think thats what it’s called. I always have protein in my urine also.

    What I am wondering is: Is kidney damage the same thing as kidney disease?
    Because I need to know if I need to follow the kidney diease diet or not. My doctor says I don’t but I fell much worse if I eat processed foods or drink pop. I drink about 64oz of water each day and some cranberry juice every week. Any help would be appreciated!!
    Okay thanks for the response. I have permanent kidney dmage due to too many kidney infections. I’ve had this for 4 years. It’s irreversible as I said the left one is damaged I have had blood tests as well as been to radiology for some tests.
    As far as the liver goes I had lost 30% of the finction of my liver when it was diagnossed. I have permanent liver damage also. It’s from an overdose of tylenol (about 300) and about 200 other pills. Yes I was ill but because I was in a coma 4 days before being taken to the hospital my liver couldn’t be saved.

    So both are permanently damaged I know for a fact. What I want to know is: “Is kidney damage the same as kidney disease?”
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There are two blood tests that check for kidney
      damage: creatinine and Bun (blood urea nitrogen)…If these are in normal range…then
      there is a could chance that the kidneys will
      heal. Protein in the urine is not good however.
      Protein checked by a urine test, doesn’t show up
      much unless the kidney has been damaged.

      You said you have liver disease but do not
      mention what caused it. The kidneys are
      second in line to fail after the liver fails. The
      reason for this is because the toxins that
      the liver no longer handles, the kidneys try
      to dispose of and it taxes the kidneys sometimes
      beyond what they are able to handle. This only
      occurs when the liver is damaged to the point
      that the cells have started to die and form
      scar tissue inside the liver…also known as
      cirrhosis. Hypothyroid trouble can also be
      connected to the liver problem.

      There is acute kidney disease and chronic
      kidney disease. Acute means that it may
      comes and then leave, chronic means that
      it is ongoing. Damage to the kidneys, to
      me, means that it is a disease. But, the
      problem with the kidneys may be only a
      result of another problem you already have
      had and that is the liver problem. Once the
      liver problem clears up…the kidneys may
      return to normal also. Infections can occur
      in many people with no damage to the kidneys
      because of using antibiotics to fight it off.

      Most people who are having problems with
      their kidneys are told to limit the amount of
      sodium, potassium, phosphorus in their diets.
      Sodas have alot of phosphorus and
      processed food contain alot of sodium.
      However, a certain amount must be maintained
      in the body since sodium and potassium are
      needed for the heart to beat in rhythm and
      for water retention. It is best to get the
      advice from your doctor about what you stated
      here. He has your blood work and can tell
      you what you should or should not do.
      He can tell you if there are any limits to the
      amount of Sodium, potassium, phosphorus or
      proteins you should be taken in or refer
      you to a nutritionist. He can also inform you
      how much fluid you should drink a day.
      Most people who have had kidney stones are
      told to drink alot…but too much fluid can also
      overwhelm the kidneys if they have liver problems also. In cirrhosis of the liver,
      sodium is retained in the body by this disease
      and fluids have to be adjusted accordingly, to
      keep things in balance.

      Sorry that I cannot be of more help…just
      giving you some things to think about and
      maybe discuss with your doctor.

  30. QUESTION:
    About my 14 year old dog?
    Okay ladies an gentelmen I have a 14 yr old mixed German shepherd pit bull first she had a uti which was cleared however now the vet says her pee still looks diluted saying she drinks alot an pees alot I don’t know what to do I did blood work x Ray cushion diseases test everything all coming negative kidneys are fine I don’t know if this vet is just milking me for my money or if it’s old age please some one give me advice he wanted to do ultra sound for 35o please anyone with simliar problem I need ur advice???!!!!!
    i agree with all that u all are sayen an yes she does have leakage when she sleeps but other then that she eats an all that an stil trys to be a hard ass lol i love her to death i dont wanna loose her yet mom i agrree i dont want to put her threw anymore tests either i forgot to add no diabites either seh was tested for that
    what is a holistic vet? i never heard of that and i guess maybe she is drinken more but then again my friends dog is also her age an drinks alot an hes a male so i guess it could come with the age i dont c why the vet cant just say she is old an thats it why he has to make me go threw all these tests make no sense i just dont want nothing to be seriously wrong with her that will kill her u know?

    • ANSWER:
      She is a senior dog citizen and seniors (people also) have to pee more often and sometimes the bladder muscles are weak and they can have some leaking. It all comes with old age. If she is healthy all around I would not put her through a bunch of test. It doesn’t sound like it is life threatening. She is just old and all the test the vet. wants to do won’t change that.

  31. QUESTION:
    My husband doesn’t seem to care about my kidney damage?
    I suffer from PCOS, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Recently, I learned that I have early kidney disease. They ran a microalbumin test, which was over 112 (normal is below 30). My doctor said that if the damage continues, I will have to have dialysis soon. I’m on Diovan HCT, which I’ve been on for a couple of years, but he also put me on Altace to slow down the damage caused from my high blood pressure.
    It’s not caused from my diabetes as it has been under control. My Hemoglobin A1C tests are always normal.

    This has been very upsetting. I’ve been depressed since I found out a couple of days ago. Obviously, I’m probably going to end up on dialysis. At the very least, my life span will probably be shorter than normal. If you have high blood pressure, insist that they do a kidney function test. If they would have ran this test earlier and monitored my kidneys, this damage may have been prevented.

    Anyway, what I can’t understand is why my husband of 28 years whom I’m very close to and who’s also an RN who used to work on a dialysis ward, is acting like this news is unimportant. He said that I’m making much ado over nothing–that it’s certainly not time to sell the farm yet.

    I’m very hurt over his reaction. Does he just not care or is he unable to deal with the reality of the diagnosis? Or maybe, since he’s a nurse, he’s used to distancing himself from such things. I don’t know, but I now feel like I can’t talk to him about it. So on top of dealing with this diagnosis, I’m also having to deal with doubts about my husband’s sincerity. Any suggestions? I don’t know what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      You two may benefit from couples therapy or you can try therapy yourself to help deal with his insensitivity.
      I wish you the best.

  32. QUESTION:
    For those with kidney disease, how long did you have early symptoms before it showed up in urine or blood work?
    Can you have edema and fatigue from early kidney disease and still have normal urine tests and blood work in the beginning? What were your early symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      I had no early symptoms, which is typical of kidney disease. Mine was only caught early because I am diabetic, and my general practitioner began testing my kidney function because of the liklihood that diabetes can cause kidney disease. He caught it when there was only protein in the urine. I had no physical symptoms at that time.

      I have a link below for more info on chronic kidney disease

  33. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my dog???? HELP?
    Okay, so just recently my dog (10 year old West highland terrier) has a limp in her back left leg whenever she wakes up from a nap, after walking around for a while the limp kind of goes away, but each day it has gotten worse. And today i noticed she is breathing funny, when ever she inhales her belly convulses a bit and i feel bad for her.

    And just a little backround, about a year ago she was breathing the same way and being extremely lethargic, so we took her to the vet and they said she had kidney disease, they tested on her for days, she stopped eating and drinking and they said to put her down is the best option. after a few more days of being there they said she actually had kidney cancer and there was no fixing her, and said again to put her down, but we still refused. they told us she had a week to live at best. we took her home cause we didnt want her dying at the vet. this was a very emotional time for us, fyi. long story short my family did everything they could to get her to eat, and drink and make sure she was getting her medicine down. after a stressful 2-3 weeks of forcing her to eat and drink and keep her happy she started getting better. she ending up seeming healthy than before and went on being a happy playful little dog until now.

    i just really hope its not the same thing thats happening now, and i dont want my family or my dog to go thru that suffering again.

    if you have any advice/ answers please help
    thanks

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    How can I find out if I have PKD(polycystic kidney disease) without the expensive genetic testing?
    For about 11 years I’ve had a cyst in my right kidney causing it to enlarge and a liver cyst that was once drained during my gallbladder removal a few years ago.The liver cyst has filled again and my kidney cyst causes severe pain daily.Over the years,I’ve had ct scans,mri’s and sonograms to keep track of how large my kidney has grown.2 out of 3 doctor’s(including a nephrologist from the Kidney foundation)suggests I have PKD and has told me that I now need to undergo genetic testing to verify this.I have no health insurance and there is only one income in my household.Due to the daily pain,I am so limited to activities that I can do with my two children.We are so stressed that we cannot get an answer from these “specialist” and can no longer afford any more testing or ER visits.I feel like I am alone.How can i get a diagnosis when i can not afford the testing?I’ve been to the”sliding scale fee” clinics(they say my husband makes too much money but fail to realise we pay bills with it).

    • ANSWER:
      Currently there is no cure for PKD, not with conventional medicine or (despite what you have been told) alternative medicine.

      Ultrasound (sonogram) is usually used to diagnose this especially when the cysts are active. Genetic testing confirms the diagnosis. CTs & MRIs can be used but are not ususally required. The extra imaging you have had may have been redundant and unneccessary. For now, get a hold of all your films, reports and labs — you will need them. The main concern at this time is to prevent or control pain, high blood pressure and UTIs and well as find help.

      You may want to contact the Kidney Foundation and see what they suggest. Call to get an 800 number and check their website. They may have programs for someone in your situation, programs that will give you immediate help.

      My hope is that you can avoid ESRD (end-stage renal disease), kidney failure and transplant.

      I’m not certain if you are eligible for Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits through the Social Security Administration but it’s something to investigate. You would need the medical information I suggested you acquire and any written physician statements you can get concerning the probable diagnosis. If I am able to find additional help for you, a grant perhaps, I will contact you if I’m able.

      God bless you and your family. You’re in a very frustrating position but I’m sure there are others who will try to help. You’re not alone!

  35. QUESTION:
    My 84 year young mother has been seeing a Medical Doctor for some time for routine check-ups.?
    She was recently diagnosed with kidney failure. Why did’nt her doctor run tests to detect for kidney disease. Her blood pressure is stable. She has no other diseases such as diabetes. Upsetting and confused can’t even describe how she and I feel.
    Please help

    • ANSWER:
      If your mother had routine check-up, she probably had only her blood pressure checked, and most likely the Doctor listened to her heart and lungs. If she did not complain about other problems the Doctor did not have any idea that she had kidney problems. Did she mention to the Doctor that she maybe had urinary problems. I can understand that you are both upset, but how is the Doctor aware that she has problems if she does not mention it.

  36. QUESTION:
    Cat weeing & messing in the house and not squatting to do it?
    Hi all

    I am tearing my hair out and really hoping someone can help me! For the past month I have been living in a cat pee & poo infested nightmare and I really need an answer! Right, the facts:

    1. I have a 14 year old female half persian half tabby

    2. She is an outdoor cat, ever since I got her at 7 weeks old she has refused to use a litter tray but it has never been a problem, she has always gone in the garden like she’s meant to. I repeat – she does not use a litter tray and never has, I mention this because I don’t need answers along the lines of “maybe she doesn’t like the brand of litter you use.”

    3. 4 weeks ago she started to wee and poo in the kitchen, always in the exact same spot, next to her food.

    4. I have observed her both weeing and pooing several times and she isn’t squatting like she used to, instead it’s like she gets onto her tiptoes to get as far away from the floor as she can, and then just lets it out – she isn’t spraying because it goes straight down to the floor and she doesn’t shake her tail like she does when she sprays. When she poos it’s the same, up on tiptoes and then out it comes, straight down to the floor.

    As she is 14 I firstly suspected that there was something wrong healthwise, so I took her to the vet who gave her a thorough checkup and did blood tests for hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, bladder infection, diabetes…the works. She has been given a clean bill of health. The vet feels that maybe “she’s just doing it because she can.” Yeah, lot of help there.

    Over the past few days I’ve been watching her to see if I can see anything odd about her behaviour, other than feeling the need to use my kitchen as a toilet. I have spotted one thing, which is that she still goes outside and digs a hole then squats, then buries it afterwards, just like she used to, but when I’ve checked the soil afterwards she hasn’t actually done anything. Then I’ve gone back into the kitchen and lo and behold there’s another puddle waiting for me.

    Has anyone ever experienced anything like this before? I suggested to the vet that maybe it was a brain thing – she thinks she went outside but actually nothing came out so then she just lets it go in the kitchen – but he feels it can’t be that because she’s always doing it in the exact same place, right next to and occasionally even into her food bowl.

    We do have cats occasionally wandering into our garden but there hasn’t been one for ages now and even when there is it doesn’t seem to bother her, and I wouldn’t have thought she’d go through the “pretending to pee in the garden” ritual if she was worried about being attacked.

    Does anyone have any ideas? I’m having to clean my kitchen floor up to 6 times a day and I’m at the end of my tether!
    Just taken the cat to the vet again and insisted that he recheck her because she’s using the kitchen as her toilet up to 6 times a day. She weed while we were there and he tested it and said she has a UTI, he’d already tested for this but thinks that by the time I got the sample to him the crystals in it had broken down. So the cat is now on antibiotics to clear it up. He thinks I’ll still have an issue as she has been using the kitchen for so long, so once the infection is cleared up I’ll still have a battle on my hands, but at least I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now! Thanks everyone for your answers :-)

    • ANSWER:
      What has the vet said? Did they see if it was a urinary track infection or something?

  37. QUESTION:
    Do family Physicians have a duty or responsibility to check functionality of vital organs of patients?
    My 84 year young mother was recently diagnosed as having kidney disease. Her family doctor has been seeing my mother for years with routine checkups and has just now ordered a blood test to determine functionality of her kidneys. The blood test came back telling my mother’s doctor that something was wrong with her kidneys and now my mother has chronic kidney disease. I’m wondering why her physician did’nt order some kind of test to find out if my mothers kidneys were truly doing the job they are supposed to do.

    • ANSWER:
      I think greydoc6 gave you some good advice. Talk with the doctor and clear the air. He checks out the problems your mother complains about but, he can’t continually run tests and you wouldn’t be able to afford them now days.
      If your mother was complaining and he wasn’t listening then, there’s a problem.

  38. QUESTION:
    does your primary care physician run lab work?
    mine does not. he sends you to the hospital lab

    isnt that more expensive?

    BQ: How do they test for kidney problems ( infections , stones , disease)

    • ANSWER:
      My primary care physician does no tests; he sends me to a diagnostic clinic. They do the tests and sends my doctor a report.

  39. QUESTION:
    What suggestion’s would someone have besides giving my dog Proin for leakage?
    My 14 year old Lhasa poo started leaking at night and had excessive thirst. The vet tested her for diabetes and addison’s disease. Her tests came back negative. He put her on Proin. It worked for the leaking but she has become very nervous, scared, sensative to noises, shaking, not eating and hiding in the closet. Not at all her usual self. Has anyone heard of using Dean’s Kidney Herbel Tablets and if so, where would I purchase these?

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing Herbal is going to help tighten the sphincter muscle, and it is not the Proin that is causing this. I’ve had several b*tches on Proin for YEARS, with absolutely no side affects, and know about 100 other people that have as well. Something else is going on with her. At 14, there could be other reasons for her behavior, including that the *time is near.* Not eating and hiding, is a sign of that.

      Add: I 100% agree with the people who suggested DES. I also had a b*tch on this for a couple of years. (but that was after the Proin wasn’t doing it’s job anymore)

  40. QUESTION:
    My Dog has 2 Plus Protein in his Urine! but tests came back OK, Why?
    My dog just had his annual check up. All his Tests came back Great accept his Urine, they found Protein in it. The vet gave me a ratio of 0 to 3 Plus . My dog’s was a 2 Plus. One week has passed, they re-checked his Urine again to see and still came back as a 2Plus Protein, they did more tests on his Urine to see if Kidney disease was prescent and No signs of disease. So why still Portein in his Urine? My Vet told me it might be normal for him or possibly his stomach lining is sensitive or his Uretha is giving out dead cells???? His Blood Work was Perfect. She did not think I had to change his Food.

    Coinsidence? Last 48 Hours My dog has very runnie stools refuses to eat his dry food (Never Has done) although today (2 Days Passed) he is eating the Rice and meat I am now preparing him. Still has Very Runnie Stools and is very slow and lathargic. This is a dog who would pull me up the street. I hope this is all a Coinsidence and the two systems are not related. Any Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Is he loosing weight? Did she check his blood sugar or was there sugar in his urine? If his sugar is high, it might be DM. With ketones and no sugar it still sounds like kidney failure. Could he have gotten any of the contaminated dog food earlier this year or last fall? I would go to a different vet if you see any other symptoms of kidney failure. They can’t really do anything, but that is what it sounds like.

  41. QUESTION:
    Pyrenees Mountain Dog, HUGE WEIGHT LOSS, possible kidney disease, best diet?
    Our Pyr is now 3 years old and we’ve had so many problems with him, bless him. We only had Benji for a few days when he started to have seizures. To cut a long story short after spending nigh on £7,000 at the local vets, vetinary hospital A&E and intensive care they still didn’t know what was causing the seizures and other problems (anemic, irregular blood cells and so on). Anyway, after the first year and half of his life on medication he seemed to stabilise and as the seizures stopped he no longer required the medication. Benji was then a relatively “normal” Pyr (apart from aenimic and sensitive stomach).

    However, the last few months he’s had dramatic weight loss and is now suspected of having kidney disease (still undergoing tests). He was never a big Pyr after all the problems he had when he was a puppy, but over the last few months he went from 41kg down to 32kg. With plenty of antibiotics and change of diet etc. he has gained a massive 5kg in the last month so he’s back up to 37kg now. We’re waiting for more test results so we know whether it is kidney failure of a severe infection. I asked the vet as to what dry food is the best for a dog like Benji with all his problems, and he didn’t really give me a solid recommendation. Benji’s always had a fairly sensitive stomach, so wet dog food isn’t really an option as it causes chronic diareah and makes him even more lethergaic. We changed to Royal Canin (large adult) just before his weight gain which I think has helped.

    Would anyone recommend to keep on using this?

    Advice needed from a distressed and concerned Pyr owner :)

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    How do I find a doctor who is knowledgeable in Lyme disease in the Pulaski, Ny area?
    I have had a host of issues for over a month…aches, pains, loss of appetite, sleep loss, belly issues and a rash in one area of my body for a month. My doc has sent me to have kidney tests, gallbladder scans, x rays and blood work..so, I reluctant to trust my primary. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Being tested for MSK… nervous and confused?
    The first time I ever heard of MSK was today in my urologist’s office. He actually didn’t tell me the name of MSK but described what he thinks could be wrong with me and after a miserable night of pain I got online to see what I can learn and came across the name. I am confused and scared but mostly so tired of feeling awful.

    I have had a history of kidney stones… at least 60 in the last 6 years without any doctor being able to find a cause for them. I have chronic pain even when the doctors say my kidneys shouldn’t hurt. Many times I’ve gone to the doctor complaining of kidney pain and they do tests that reveal stones in the kidneys but they say I shouldn’t be in pain because the stones are in the kidneys instead of the ureter tubes and send me home. Well regardless of whether its SUPPOSED to hurt or not – it hurts!

    With the pain comes an unbearable exhaustion. I say that I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. Sometimes I just cry because its all I can do and I feel so worthless. I own a business and its so hard to run it when I have such a difficult time making plans – I can be fine one minute and in immense pain the next.

    I also have a lot of GI issues that I deal with and I don’t know if the pain and diarrhea is caused by the stones or what is going on. I just know that it is excruciating at times and I feel so hopeless.

    I had an ultrasound in December that showed bilateral ‘cysts’ in my kidneys and stones in both as well. After that they did x-rays and then an IV dye ct scan. Now that the dr. thinks I have MSK he is having me do the IVP. I am nervous about drinking the citrate solution and I’m nervous about the test and the diagnosis. Do my symptoms sound similar at all to yours? Is there anything you can offer me to make me feel a little less apprehensive about the test and disease? Any help is greatly appreciated!
    Medullary Sponge Kidney disease.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve never heard of MSK, and am guessing others have not either. I assume you are not referring to the Marketing Society of Kenya or the Mad Science Kings, so you will simply have to tell us what the heck “MSK” stands for. Thanks.

  44. QUESTION:
    My cat has advanced kidney disease – has anyone been able to reverse this?
    Quartarrah was just diagnosed yesterday after a routine blood test. They said her kidneys are only working a third of what they should be. They sent me home with a 10-day antibiotic and new K/D food.

    I was thinking perhaps a feline detox may help (any recipies?) and are there herbal remedies that could reverse this?

    I love my cat, and want to give her the best chance possible to survive this longer than the few months the vet said she’d last.

    She’s 14 years old and has been with me for 13 of them. She’s a very feisty calico and has endured much in her life. I know that if there is something out there that could help her, it would work, because she’s a fighter.

    If anyone has a similar story, please share!

    • ANSWER:
      There is a better alternative than k/d. After much research and my dog was on it for years, I found this. First let me say that you should research the ingredients of k/d. I have found that not all ingredients are safe for my dog. Not only that, but the company decreased the size of the can and the vet increased the price! My dog was severely overweight and we couldn’t get the weight off. I switched her to a different food and get has lost 6 pounds so far and is doing better! Her fur no longer feels oily and she is moving better ( she’s 16 this month). Now, I am not using the food I want and am recommending to you (due to availability in my area), but this is definitely something you should research: hi-tor neo diet for cats. http://www.waggintails.com/store/DisplayProduct.php?sku=HTCC-006
      Another great one is: http://www.flintriver.com/ProductInfo.asp
      Or: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/felinekidney.htm
      I think any of these sites will help inform you and answer some of your questions. I think, also, that you will change your mind about Hill’s Science Diet. My dog has obviously lived many years eating Hill’s (she has been on various prescription diet foods for over 1/2 her life including c/d, s/d. w/d and k/d). But, I can see a better dog in her after just 4-6 weeks on a different, healthier food. At 16 and not a small dog, she is old and acts 1/2 her age. We hope to keep her around as long as we can, as I’m sure you want with your Quartarrah. Good luck!

  45. QUESTION:
    Q for those knowledgeable about the body, esp. kidneys. proteinuria question?
    Two years ago I went to my primary care physician for a routine annual physical. My lab work came back abnormal. I was spilling very high amounts of protein and creatine. More tests followed and the same result was shown. I was sent to a Nephrologist.

    She was sure that I had some form of kidney disease. I was checked for the big diseases like lupus, cancers, etc. None. I held off on my kidney biopsy for several months; during that time I had frequent trips to the hospital for more blood and urine samples, all of which turned out very very high.
    I finally had a kidney biopsy. The results turned back negative for everything. She said my kidney tissue was very normal. She herself was shocked, and even had my test results ran through extra times and by different specialists, including those at the Mayo Clinic. Normal.
    However, the fact still remains to this day that I am spilling excessive amounts of protein in my urine.
    This is not normal.

    I never heard from my kidney specialist again. I was never diagnosed with anything, nor put on medicine, nor told to see anyone for checks on the matter or follow ups.

    The last time I saw my kidney specialist- when she told me I was fine she said “Well you probably had some IGA (nephropathy) brewing but stopped it by taking fish oil.” wtf???

    My questions for you are:
    -should i be worried or do something about this?
    - am i okay just because my doctor sent me on my way or was she negligent?
    -can this proteinuria cause problems in the future or develop into a disease eventually?
    - would having proteinuria itself affect daily life? because i’m always tired and i wonder if this has anything to do with it
    -any other helpful comments

    to perhaps help you answer my question better; a little health info about me:

    -5’6″. 120lbs.
    -17 at time this occured. currently 18
    -female
    -no drug use, do smoke cigarettes
    -no health history except for asthma and iron deficient anemia
    -family history includes heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, one case of teen leukemia, survived. other than that no other cancer, no kidney or strange diseases, no obesity.

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    What pain medications can I use if I have kidney disease?
    I have IGA Nephropathy. I have had a worsened back problem which I am going to physical therapy for. From what my doctor told me, I am ONLY to take Acetametaphine based medications. My nephrologist has since left for another job. My family doc prescribed naproxin for back pain (which I can not have) she said she will not prescrible an alternative. She called the hospital where my old doctor once was, and they said by my last tests, it would be able to consume anti-inflamatories for a very short time. However, I am only 27, and I do not want to chance damaging my kidneys further. How do I find a doctor that feels the same way, and will prescribe something for pain so I can go back to work? HElp!!!

    • ANSWER:
      My father-in-law has kidney problems, which has left him with only 20% of function. I know that the age difference is big, he is 76. He also has a killer sciatic down both legs, but the pain from the sciatic was gonna give him a heart attack. His Doctor put him on Lortab and a very high dose, in which he told him this would not effect his kidney’s at all, I know because I was there. I am a CNA so I helped take care of him. Now they have changed his med to a pain patch called fentnal, again a high dosage 50mg’s. It’s always a good idea to get a second opinion, most doctors don’t want to give pain medication anymore because of the growing misuse of these drugs. I know that alot of people don’t want to use heavy duty pain meds but sometimes that is the only thing that will give you any comfort. Maybe try and see a pain specialist they are very cautious not to give you something that will affect your kidney’s. I wish you well.

  47. QUESTION:
    Immunosuppressants and birds?
    A family friend is coming to spend the week at my house and she just got a kidney transplant 6 months ago and is on immunosuppressants. People on these drugs are told not to have birds as pets because of the diseases they carry. I have 4 birds including a duck in the part of the house she is staying in and they have all been tested for diseases and have come up clean. I can’t move the birds into the other part of the house because they fight with the birds over there. I’ve disinfected all the cages and everything including mopped with disinfectant. What more can I do to keep my friend from getting sick?
    Don’t worry, I used bird-safe cleaning products.
    I’m going to try to keep the birds out of the same room as my friend and she wont be handling the birds at all. Do you think the dander will travel farther than 3 rooms? because that’s as far as I can get the birds away from her.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, moping the house in disenfectant was harmful for the birds. No cleaning products around birds–use Apple Cider Vinegar—kills all germs and bacteria.
      If your birds have been tested and are disease free then she should have nothing to worry about. And if she has been on the immunosuppressants for 6 months she should be fine. Most people should worry about giving things such as colds and flus to the the birds and doing more harm to them. Just keep the cages extra clean (with ACV and water), keep the poopy papers to a minimum and enjoy your visit with your friend.

  48. QUESTION:
    Blood Test Results – Kidneys – 59?
    I’m a 17 year old female.
    I got my lab results back, and for my kidneys, it says 59.
    Which If I’m not mistaken..means Stage 3 Chronic Disease.

    Is that number too low for my age?
    Do i actually have kidney problems?

    Please give me all the info that you know.
    I’m worried.
    Thank you!
    And on the lab results paper I received, it shows two stars next to GFR.

    GFR **
    Also, what can I do to help myself and get a high number. A normal number.
    What kind of foods should I stay away from and what foods should I eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Your GFR tells how much kidney function you have. It may be estimated from your blood level of creatinine. If your GFR falls below 30 you will need to see a kidney disease specialist (called a nephrologist), Your kidney doctor will speak to you about treatments for kidney failure like dialysis or kidney transplant. A GFR below 15 indicates that you need to start on a treatment

  49. QUESTION:
    My puppy died at 1 from a Kidney Disease is this my fault?
    All his test came back his liver was ok but his kidneys no good & he also was anemic and there for he expired at such a young age. I am now going through this guilt I did not notice soon enough, I just thought he had bad breath and I brushed his teeth and cleaned him alot, until 1 weekend he went from wanting to check the mail with me to staying in and seemed sickly and I washed him in flea shampoo and started using flea drip on him so I thought maybe he was sick cuz of this well then he looked more than it was just a cold he lost weight and his appetite was leaving him and this was wrong cuz he was a piggy, I never thought nothing too bad cuz his age( how could this happen?) I took him to 3 drs. to be sure, the 1st being nuts and not taking any test was not good enough so onto the next dr. taking test and the first dr. to tell me its his kidneys maybe more but this is fatal, onto the next dr. his test was the same (kidney disease) Is this natural or Did I kill my pup with flea toxins?

    • ANSWER:
      Sweety please don’t blame yourself as it was nothing you really could do as when the kidneys start going it shuts down the other organs.My dog died of congestive heart failure and like you i thought it was my fault and till another vet explained that heart and kidneys are vital organs but when they start going then you need to go then ‘ as if you get their early then there are medicines that can help them live with their disease.If an animal suddenly loses their appetite then it’s time to get to a vet asap as when they don’t eat or drink it can help shut down these organs too.lots of luck and do not blame yourself as you did not understand it was this deadly a sickness.

  50. QUESTION:
    My father had kidney disease released from hospital but was given Levaquin should a test have been done?
    He was on prednisone and was released from the hospital and then 2 weeks later prescribed Levaquin without running tests he passed on after.. need to know should a test have been done prior and was the dosage too much for someone with kidney problems.. was given 500mg once a day for 10 days… thanks all

    • ANSWER:
      1) it depends on the reason for the Levaquin; that determines the starting dose

      2) it also depends on the degree of his kidney disease

      3) as for a test, see #1


Symptoms Stages Kidney Disease

Initially, a someone who is Suffering from kidney gravel will not experience any grave symptoms of the disease. Kidney gemstone symptoms get somber as time passes and can walk disastrous if unnoticed for a fastest duration. These pebbles are hard hoard of substances, which may compose the unrelated substances, as well as those from the body itself as extinct tissues.

Until the mass of these sand is small, they do not father any troubles. However, if they grow in bulk and inception block the passageway of the substances through the kidneys. Consequently kidney sand gave elevation to some troubles, which may be whichever unadorned or they can be very ruthless too.

However, in the initial stages the kidney gravel do not show any symptoms. On the other hand, the symptoms may be very modest or only one of them may appear. If just one of the kidney gravel symptoms appears, the people do not take it too earnestly. Some other reasons are accounted for it. However, when some of the other symptoms too, start appearance then the people get chary of that something is wrong with them.

Due to the episode of the kidney gravel, the patients feel soreness in the abdomen. This is the most normal kidney sand symptom. Generally, this hurt begins from a mild one and it goes on increasing as the deseed may grow in size.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My uncle has said he has stage 4 kidney disease, was there a way to have known ahead of time this was coming?
    Would his lab results have shown that he was in Stage 4? What happen to the other stages of this disease? Did he just ignore the signs/symptoms that the doctors told him? He is diabetic and has high blood pressure. I want to know how this disease got this far into his health and nobody knew about it. Will this condition lead to heart failure as well as kidney failure? nWhat should he do now? have dialysis/transplant/diet change? Help me please understand this.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think he could have known unless it was in the family and he tested himself for it frequently. The symptoms he might have confused with something else. I’m sorry, but I don’t know what you should do now, since I’m not an expert on kidney disease. You should really consult your doctor. He would know the best thing to do.

  2. QUESTION:
    Renal Disease Stage III – what vegetables and fruits to avoid?
    My Dad has multiple health problems including diabetes, but was recently diagnosed with Renal Disease Stage III. He’s already been doing much of what they list at the site below (lost more than 50 pounds) and is trying to increase his exercise. I make a lot of his food, especially premade meals for him to pop out of the freezer into the microwave such as homemade burritos. The link indicates that he may have to avoid fruits and vegetables high in phosphorus or potassium. Which ones are these besides bananas (which he rarely eats anyway)?

    http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/symptoms-and-diagnosis/stage-3-of-chronic-kidney-disease-ckd/a/685

    • ANSWER:
      The same web site also lists the high potassium and high phosphorus foods. Go to:

      http://www.davita.com/diet-and-nutrition/c/diet-basics

      Back when I was on dialysis, I remember that I was supposed to limit potatos, tomatos,and oranges, but I can’t remember the rest, so they should be on the website.

  3. QUESTION:
    My sister was diagnosed with Kidney Disease she is 13?
    My sister is 13 and was recently ( within the last 2 months) diagnosed with iad nephroathy. She has been in and out of hospitals and doctors offices, she has only been able to attend school probably a total of 20days since the beginning of the school year. She is in a large amount of pain. Specifically her lower back. She has large amounts of protein in her urine. and her white blood cell count is high. The only thing the doctors have done for her so far is put her on a high dose of a steroid called prednizone, which has not helped her kidneys to begin functioning normally again as they said it would. The prednizone has caused her face and stomach to swell up about three times the normal size and she is complaining that her face and stomach hurt her. We have taken her to a nutritionist and altered her diet to a no carb diet. After doing some research online i stumbled upon a symptoms list for End Stage Renal disease. Unfortunately it seems to be she has most of these symptoms. The issue we are encountering is that we have seen some of the best doctors in the area and they all say the same thing that her pain isnt from the kidney disease and she cant have end stage because when they discovered she had kidney disease it was not that far along. She has been advised not to take Motrin or Tylenol or any other kind of pain reliever, therefore she is in a massive amount of pain to the point that she cannot stop crying. Please can anyone, someone give me some kind of insight or tips or anything! My family and I are so confused and are not getting answers from any of our healthcare professionals. My mother is having the hardest time seeing my sister go through this, she has so much more life to live and dances and dates and I dont want her to be sick forever! Please Help!!!

    Thank you

    Amber
    (Sterling Heights, Michigan)
    Yes I have not been officially tested yet but we have the same blood type and the same father I don’t know if that makes a difference. But I am 5foot 3inches and a little overweight for my height I am not morbidly obese or anything. I consider myself in good health, but the doctor said they are only able to take a kidney donation from a healthy height weight proportionate donor. After receiving that news I immediately changed my diet and started exercising more to become height weight proportionate but she just keeps getting sicker and sicker and I am afraid that she might need a transplant before I can reach the height weight goal! I am 21 yrs old and I haven’t had any health issues since 2003 not even a cold, so I consider that pretty healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a link to IgA nephropathy.

      https://health.google.com/health/ref/IgA+nephropathy

      A low protein diet might help. She could ask her doctor about trying a vegetarian diet (vegan would be best…no meat, dairy or eggs). Vegetarian Times magazine is a good resource for information and recipes for a new vegetarian.But ask the docs first.

      Here is a link to clinical trials.

      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov

      Here is a link to clinical trials for IgA nephropathy

      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=IgA+nephropathy

      Put in the “IgA nephropathy” or “Berger’s disease” in the search engine there and hit the map tab to find local trials.

      Here is another link to NORD:

      http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=IgA%20Nephropathy

      Scroll down the page to see support organizations and their addresses and email addresses.

      I would think a kidney transplant would be her best bet, but I am not a doctor.

      She might also call the local kidney foundation and ask about support groups and where and when they meet. Support groups can be a tremendous help…talking to others with similar problems and trading ideas for help.

  4. QUESTION:
    if someone goes into stage 5 of Chronic Kidney Disease, what happens to them?
    the likely hood of a transplant for this person is very small (due to blood type etc) & they have already decided to refuse dialysis when the time comes. I know they die but what actually happens, the symptoms leading up to it? and will they be in hospital by this point or at home? will it be sudden? will they be in pain?

    • ANSWER:
      they will be in hospital because if the kidneys don’t work the body starts to shut down and after about a week should give up – blood poisoning probably because its not getting cleaned out.

  5. QUESTION:
    Tourette like symptoms from a reaction to medication. How to get it under control?
    Hi, I have been diagnosed with stage 1 chronic kidney disease and I also have some lupus symptoms. I take a ton of medication and I believe I’m having a very bad reaction due to them. Here are my symptoms…

    - Jerking, involuntary movement
    - Very detailed oriented when I speak (I explain everything even for the simplest sentences.)
    - Easily upset
    - involuntary movement of my mouth

    Does anyone know what type of reaction this is called?

    • ANSWER:
      This sounds like tardive dyskinesia…a disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions that can result in involuntary movements and postures in various parts of the body, particularly chewing or lip-smacking movements of the mouth, jaw and face.

      It can be caused by dopamine agonists– which include psychiatric drugs, and some anti-nausea drugs.

      You need to talk to your doctor about this. the involuntary movements can become permanent.

      How do I know? I have tardive dyskinesia myself, though mine effects my entire body, which makes it impossible for me to walk.

      You need to talk to your doctor about this, ASAP. You don’t want to ignore this. It needs to be adressed before it gets worse…or possibly permanent.

  6. QUESTION:
    I have severe Lupus SLE and Kidney disease, is there any programs that will dissolve my student loans?
    I was a teacher for eight years until I got sick with stage 2 of 4 kidney disease from my Lupus SLE. I had to leave that job that I loved because of so many reasons. Well I decided after my symptoms got under control some that I would find another profession that would allow me to help children. So for two years I have been earning a Masters in professional counseling, God willing I will graduate this fall. However I have debt still from my fist degree and now the masters. All I want to do is help children but with the degree I will have I will not be making much. Most of my money will go to health up keep. I don’ even have a car or house anymore. I gave up my care and now share an apt with a roommate. My symptoms are worse at times and better others. However I am in so much debt with student loans I don’t know what to do. If anyone has any ideas, or experience with this please let me know. It is hard I was a good student both times and will graduate in the fall with honors and a bill that I can not pay.
    For those who said I should have thought about this before I went into debt. I thought I was going to always be a teacher. Do you know what I got when I got sick, was so sorry, we have to take your health insurance because you have a preexisting disease. I used my money to help get my student what they needed and in return I was told I was an excellent teacher, but now that you have a chronic illness so sorry….. It so easy to tel some one to go get a job, or why did you do something when you are not in the situation. Kidney disease is not fun or easy. I have worked my whole life. Think before you speak, because it could be you who could be loosing everything, life does not recognize last names, race,or gender.

    • ANSWER:
      My sister has cerebral palsy and she attended college on and off for about 20 years( I guess she was bored). In that time she racked up about ,000 worth of school debt and was unable to pay it. She called her loan companies (the people who funded her tuition) and explained to them her situation and the sent her some papers to fill out, it think it’s called a Permanent Disability Waiver. Her doctor also had to verify that she was disabled, so they have forgiven about ,000 of the debt but the only catch is that she is not supposed to work for the next 2 or 5 years (not sure). If she starts even a part-time job she will have to pay the money back. I pray this helps you and good luck, and get well!

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have chronic kidney disease?
    my husband was diagnosed with ckd stage III. we were just wondering if anyone out there can tell us what to expect during the progression to esrd. as far as symptoms go and how long does it take before you have to go on dialysis? his nephrologist told him 6 months to 2 years, give or take. Just looking for someone with personal experience. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      They will use medications and dietary changes to prolong the need for dialysis. He may experience fluid retention, hypertension, general weakness and fatigue, itching. wt. and appetite loss, headache and, nail abnormalities are among some of the symptoms I had. He may become enemic(low hemoglobin) and become short of breath due to the fluid retention. The rate of progression will depend on how well he responds to the medications, dietary changes and his own compliance to his Drs. orders. and also the severity of the illness that caused his kidney disease and the progression of that disease. He may have the option of having a transplant which will greatly increase his qaulity of life and his life expectancy. I’ve had a transplant and have been on dialyisis the best thing I can tell you is to keep a positve attitude, get plenty of exercise, keep up your wt. and follow your doctors orders. Not only will this extend the time before dialyisis is needed, the outcome of a transplant will be better and recovery time shorter. If he goes on dialysis the effectivness of this treatment will be increased and easier to deal with. Dialysis is no picnic, after dialysis treatments which can take 3 – 5 hours a session can really wipe you out. The best way I can describe how you feel after is it’s like having a horrible hangover 3 times a week! The best way I found to overcome this feeling is to force myself to exercise. I used to jump on my stair stepper. Its hard to force yourself to do this, but for me I felt so much better after. I wish the best to the both of you and he is so lucky to have you for support. Your support will be invaluable to him and is health. I was lucky enough to have the support of a wonderful husband and family. My brother-in-law gave me the gift of life, a new kidney.

  8. QUESTION:
    Anyone diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease?
    I have been recently diagnosed with early stages of CKD and want to know how the progression goes…is it a long time usually? What are uncomfortable symptoms that undoubtedly will crop up? What can I expect? The CKD came from taking meds for bipolar disorder for the past 10+ years.

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with stage 3 in January. Mine is probably due to high levels of pain killers and NSAIDs for severe back pain. I have no symptoms but I am obviously taking strict measures with my diet (cutting out salt), keeping my diabetes under control and taking extra hypertension meds.
      My doctor told me if I controlled my diet well I could have many years without any symptoms, and that if I didn’t I could end up on dialysis and awaiting transplant in 5 – 7 years.
      If you want to make contact through my profile here, please do.

  9. QUESTION:
    Adult children with cerebral palsy having renal disease complications…?
    My 23 year old son with cerebral palsy and severe developmental delays was recently diagnosed with stage III renal disease of both kidneys, according to the lab work and all their numbers. However, he shows no outward symptoms and had I not known there was anything wrong with his kidneys, I wouldn’t be extremely concerned. The nephrologist told me that in chronic kidney disease, there are no symptoms when it first starts, but Monday, she called me to tell me that he is in acute renal disease with only 16% functioning, which I find very difficult to believe as he seems fine — no swelling, no loss of appetite, no lethargy, normal muscle control, no whining, no paleness, etc. so we repeated the blood work yesterday. I pray that the results are much, much improved!

    Does anyone know of this happening with people with CP and developmental delay?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband is a type 2 diabetic. We were told 2 years ago that his numbers were close to those of your sons. With diet, meds and luck he was able to keep his numbers there. Three weeks ago he had what his MD. thought was an upper respiratory infection. After 2 days of antibiotics he was getting worse and his B/P was high. To make a long story short, he had none of the symptoms that you listed and that we were looking for. But his kidneys were failing. And this not a week after his neph told him that they were mysteriously improving! He is now on dialysis and still has no symptoms. His output is like it always was. And he is having no problems with the dialysis that we were told to look for.
      I have since learned that it is not the amount of urine but the quality of urine that is put out. So my point is that the symptoms are not always there. The numbers from the blood tests are what shows how well the kidney’s are functioning. We are doing dialysis in center right now but will begin to train to do what they call PD at home in a week.
      I have been doing research and looking for support groups online. I would be happy to pass these on to you. There are a couple with medical experts as well as a caregiver site that would help you as well. Please email me if you are interested. I hope this helps.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are some good ways to get rid of extra fluid in my body?
    Well, I was recently diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD and one of the symptoms is that my body retains fluids in my limbs, more specifically my right ankle. The doctor said he can’t prescribe me a fluid pill because that would only make my kidneys worse. He said the only option is dialysis but he doesn’t want to do that because my kidneys aren’t at that stage quite yet. Does anyone have any suggestions of anything I could eat, or not eat or drink or do physically that would help with fluid retention?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you need a second opinion.

      I was on a diuretic the entire time I had kidney disease . It did not make things worse for me; in fact I avoided dialysis for 15 years. But there’s probably a reason I’m unaware of that the doctor does not want you to take it. ).

      Avoid high sodium foods like pizza, canned soup, processed frozen foods, hot dogs/cold cuts. Most of your sodium comes from those type foods and not from the salt shaker.

      Prop your legs on pillows when you sleep to let gravity help move the fluid.

      But I really would seek another opinion from a kidney specialist (nephrologist).

  11. QUESTION:
    My GFR is 61 and my creatinine keeps being above 1.0, is this normal?
    My physician’s assistant says this can fluctuate and actually my GFR is 51, not 61. My wellness study said this is stage 3 of chronic kidney disease and I do have a lot of the symptoms. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      A nephrologist could better answer this question based on your history and presentation of symptoms or lack thereof.

      The creatinine is still in proper range above 1.0 — Anything under about 1.6 is still ‘ok’.. some ranges push it down to 1.2 as the upper limit, but 1.4, 1.6 or so is still in normal operating parameters.. it gets exponentially worse beyond about 1.8-2.0.

      Your filtration result is of some worry. It is indicative of improper kidney function,.. There isn’t much advice we can give you here other than to make sure you are under the guidance of a nephrologist (kidney specialist) and follow his or her orders.

      Vitamin D is very good for the kidneys, as well.

      You may need to start dialysis in the future. I would concentrate on modifying my diet, along with vitamin D supplementation to try and ‘aid’ the kidney function you do have.

      Best of luck,

  12. QUESTION:
    When should I tell my family?
    I am 8 weeks 2 days pregnant and haven’t told any family but my husband and my MIL, not even my mother knows yet. The reason for this is I had a very scary threatened miscarriage at 4 weeks 3 days. I bleed until 6 weeks. I am a full-time student and missed the first week of school and am a little stressed about that though trying not to be. I had no morning sickness or any symptoms but sore boobs until 6 weeks when I stopped bleeding. Since then I have been throwing up, peeing a lot, and very moody. I have to sit right next to the door in class since I run to the bathroom at least once every class.

    I am still very nervous and not sure when to spill the beans. My mom is an OB/GYN and I’m scared she would baby me and not let me go to school if she knew whats been going on. She was also recently diagnosed with Grave’s disease and Chronic Kidney disease stage III and has had 8-9 kidney infections in the last year. I know around 12 weeks is when miscarriage risks go way down, but I wonder if I should wait a bit longer to tell just in case?

    I want opinions on when I should tell. I’m 22 and married by the way, my mom will be thrilled as this will be her first grand-child, but I am worried for her health should something go wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      Because of the risk of a miscariage Ive always told my self that I wanted to wait the first 3 months or 12 weeks to tell anyone. That and I have always wanted to just enjoy the thrill of being pregnant to my self before anyone knows. Its really a mater of opinnion. If i was in your situation and worried about my moms health I would wait tell I knew everything was okay with the pregnancy. Just take it easy. You only have a few weeks left. Just take it day by day and tell your mom when you feel the time is right!!! I wish you the best of luck!!

  13. QUESTION:
    Pain in lower right side of stomach area, what can it be?
    It is right below my ribs, but above my belly button, on the ride side of my stomach. It feels fine when I am sitting down or lying down, it only hurts when i walk around. It started this past Tuesday while I was in Las Vegas on vacation, and hasnt changed since. I do not have any other symptoms, no fever, nauseousness, etc. Just the pain when I walk around. I do have stage 2 kidney disease, but i do not have kidney stones and that sort of thing. Thanks!
    When I press on it, the pain goes away, it doesnt shift. Also my BM’s are fine, totally normal. I am on weight watchers and spent this past weekend eating things I havent eaten in over 2 years, so my husband thinks its because of that. I got this once before, again on vacation, and it just went away after awhile. I just wish I knew what it was so I could prevent it. I hate ruining my vacations!

    • ANSWER:
      Appendicitis – Does the pain increase when you cough? If you press on the area where the pain is, does it hurt on the opposite side of your stomach? (Do not punch yourself in the stomach!! That’s the worst thing you could do if it is your appendix because this can cause a rupture. Pressing on it gently as I mentioned above is what should be done to rule it out.)

      Could also be a bowel obstruction. Have you noticed your BM’s to be thin and you are still straining a bit?

      Are you drinking enough fluids? Though I don’t have any kidney disease, if I haven’t had enough water my kidneys usually hurt a tiny bit.

  14. QUESTION:
    a 45 year old hypertensive diabetic female,complaints of fever,decreased micturition kidney transplant history
    a 45 year old hypertensive,diabetic female came to emergency with complaints of fever, decreased micturition and tenderness in the muber region for 24 hours. she has a history of transplantation of kidney 2 weeks back, due to end stage renal disease. she was also on immuno spuressive therapy. she had all vitals high. had pedal edema, auscultation crackles present bilaterally, perorbital puffiness, high urea and creatinine values. Renal biospy was done to see her condition. can you please tell me the patho physiological mechanism for the development of the above sign & symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Let me start by saying I’m no doctor, although I do have experience with kidney transplantation, having undergone the procedure twice. Your query states that the patient underwent transplantation two weeks ago, and is suffering high creatinine, urea (BUN), edema, and high vitals. From my experience, this sounds much like acute rejection, which is somewhat common in the early post-transplant stages, and can often occur within the first six months post-transplant. It is also possible that the organ is in chronic rejection; that is, dying off, but that would most likely be caused by lack of taking immunosuppressive therapy, or insufficient immunosuppressive therapy. Again, I’m no doctor, just going on my personal experience and what I’ve learned about the transplant condition.

  15. QUESTION:
    End-stage kidney failure?
    My mother was diagnosed with this disease about eight years ago, when she had my sister. She is 40 now. My sister was born 2 months premature, because my mom’s blood was entoxicated,(poisoned). She was told , by her good-for-nothing-doctor(who is now being sewed for malpractice) that both of her kidneys were now completely shriveled , and dry like a raisin. Well that is true, but now after all this time, she’s having trouble with her heart. It works 30% , the normal percent for a healthy person is: 50%. And now she’s scared of getting lupus. She was rushed to the hospital today, because her blood pressure was going nuts. Since, she was switched from the hemo to the blood dyalisis, she has to be careful with her liquid intake. The medicine was a pain reliever given by her doc. to calm the pain of her surgery down. They operated her left arm, where they placed the permanent place for her new dyalisis type.
    Can she actually be at risk of getting lupus? And what are the symptoms. Help?!?

    • ANSWER:
      I have Lupus. Dx’d in 1985. My kidneys failed as a result of lupus. I don’t know, she may have had lupus for sometime. It is common for it to flare during pregnancy and women in their child bearing years are at increased risk. Common signs of lupus are:

      Red rash or color change on the face, often in the shape of a butterfly across the nose and cheeks

      Painful swollen joints

      Unexplained fever – low grade

      Chest pain with deep breathing – Pleurisy

      Swollen glands

      Extreme fatigue (feeling tired all the time)

      Unusual hair loss (mainly on the scalp)

      Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress

      Sensitivity to the sun

      Low blood count

      Depression, trouble thinking, and/or memory problems

      Other signs are mouth sores, unexplained seizures (convulsions), “seeing things” (hallucinations), repeated miscarriages, and unexplained kidney problems.
      Lupus is an autoimmune disease, meaning the bodies own immune system attacks itself. The immune system’s job is to fight foreign substances in the body, like germs and viruses. But in autoimmune diseases, the immune system is out of control. It attacks healthy tissues, not germs. Any organ of the body may be targetted, including the heart and kidneys.

      You can’t catch lupus from another person. It isn’t cancer, and it isn’t related to AIDS. Lupus a very complex disease and is sometimes very hard to dx and some pts. go for years undiagnosed as in my case. It took a couple of years and I had most of the classic symptoms.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the disease here?
    This is not real!!!!!!!! Symptoms in an 18 month old baby. What could be wrong

    -Seizures
    -Breathing Problems
    -No Energy
    -No Muscle Control.
    -Loss Of Vision
    -Low Blood Ph
    -Early Stages of Kidney Failure

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like one those rare genetic syndromes like TSC but also sort of like rickets. The change in blood pH is probably related to the respiratory issues. You haven’t been specific as what those issues are. “Breathing problems” is nonspecific. Could be a drug overdose, drug poisoning.

  17. QUESTION:
    Question about my speech?
    What do you think of my speech? Could you edit it or tell me where to add or take out things??

    Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. I wonder how many of you could tell me what these people had in common. Today, I will be discussing the STD, Syphilis.

    Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed through blood. A child in the womb can be exposed or if direct contact with syphilis sore is made, the disease can be contracted.

    Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported on other areas of the body like in the mouth or on the back.

    Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages. The Primary phase is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk.

    Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days and after 1 week it will disappear, but this does not mean that the disease is gone.

    The secondary phase develops 4 to 10 weeks after the shanker appears. This is when the majority of symptoms begin to appear such as fever, joint pain, muscle aches, sore throat, rash, headache, decreased appetite, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes.

    People often mistake this for the flu because these are all flu symptoms. This phase can go away without treatment, but then the third phase will commence.

    The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the early stages of this phase, first one to two years, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage.

    More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass them on to baby foetus through the womb.

    The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the first one to two years of this phase, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious.

    But pregnant woman can still pass the disease to their foetus through the womb. This stage is a very dangerous one as it can appear that the infection has gone, but without treatment it will not. In severe cases this phase can cause, gradual blindness, numbness and even dementia.

    There is one more rather uncommon phase known as the Tertiary Phase. This phase is rarely seen in modern times because of the aid of penicillin. But the unlucky people who develop this phase are faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems.

    Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, such as influenza, that is why syphilis can be referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, as it mimics other diseases.

    Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned a lot is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is the occurrence after a foetus has been infected in a womb.

    The form of syphilis can cause many abnormalities in the child such abnormalities as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection, skin rashes and more.

    Syphilis is an equal opportunity disease! Anyone who has sex can contract it. Therefore the only way to completely avoid it is through avoiding sexual contact. The highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39.

    Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006. Doctors believe this is because people are NOT having safe sex and are NOT aware of all the risks taken by having irresponsible sexual activity.

    Between 2005 and 2006, the number of reported syphilis cases increased by 11.8%. Rates have increased in males each year between 2000 and 2006 from 2.6 to 5.7. In 2006, 64% of the reported syphilis cases were with men who have sex with men. It is also reported that men are more vulnerable in contracting syphilis.

    Syphilis is now treated by the use of penicillin, doctors do advise that while being treated you avoid all sexual contact. And every 6-12 months an annual check up is required.

    Some interesting, yet alarming, facts I unfolded whilst studying syphilis are – The infamous Tuskegee experiments in the US were experiments in which black men with syphilis were intentionally denied treatment so that the effects of untreated syphilis could be studied.

    None of them were deliberately infected, however; they were “merely” permitted to get sicker and were misled as to the true nature of their condition. Another is that for centuries the treatment of choice for syphilis was mercury, which was painted onto the sore. This had the unfortunate side effect of causing a slow death by mercury poisoning.

    I hope that through my speech you have learnt more about the STD syphilis and know what to do if it comes your way.
    Syphilis – An “oldie” but not a “goodie”
    I am in Yr. 9

    • ANSWER:
      I just skimmed through, but I noticed you did not cite your sources, and that is a must!!! for college. I also have a college informative speech guide that my professor gave me that I could scan over to you if you wanted it.

  18. QUESTION:
    Help with speech!!????????
    Can you please edit my speech or help me put in more personal opinions and interesting facts?? THANK YOU! To make it more fun to listen to.

    Speech:

    Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. I wonder how many of you could tell me what these people had in common. It might surprise you that they all had, at some stage, syphilis. So, today, I will be discussing the perimeters of a specific STD, Syphilis. The disease was discovered in 1905 by Fritz Schauddin & Erich Hoffman.

    Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed on through blood transferring, child in womb can be exposed or direct contact with the syphilis sore. Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported otherwise.

    Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages and one not so common anymore. Primary phase; this is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk. Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days, after 1 week it will disappear, but the disease will not.

    The secondary phase includes many more symptoms. It may build up 4-10 weeks after the shanker appears. The common symptoms are: fevers, joint pains, muscle aches, sore throats, flu-like symptoms, rashes, headaches, decreased appetites, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes. This phase can go away without treatment, but the third phase will commence. The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the early stages of this phase, first one to two years, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass them on to baby foetus through the womb.

    The one, not so common, phase now is the ‘tertiary phase’. This isn’t seen much anymore because of the aid of penicillin. But for the unlucky people who contract this phase they are normally faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems.
    Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, that is why syphilis can be referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, because it mimics other diseases.

    Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned a lot is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is the occurrence after a foetus has been infected in a womb. The form of syphilis can cause many abnormalities in the child such abnormalities as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection, skin rashes and more.

    Syphilis can be exposed to anyone who has sex, but the highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39. Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not researching for you but here are some corrections so the piece will flow more smoothly. Also, there are some notes on where you need more research to complete the piece. Hope this helps –

      TITLE: The Great Pretender

      Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. Can you tell me what these people had in common? Syphilis. Today, I will be discussing the STD, Syphilis. All of you have heard of it but do you really know anything about it?

      The disease was discovered in 1905 by Fritz Schauddin & Erich Hoffman. (How? Why? What kind of research was being performed that led to this discovery?) Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed through blood. A child in the womb can be exposed or if direct contact with a syphilis sore is made, the disease can be contracted. Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported on other areas of the body. (WHERE ON THE BODY? BE SPECIFIC.)

      Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages. The Primary phase is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk. Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days and after 1 week it will disappear, but this does not mean that the disease is gone.

      The secondary phase develops 4 to 10 weeks after the shanker appears. This is when the majority of symptoms begin to appear such as fever, joint pain, muscle aches, sore throat, rash, headache, decreased appetite, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes. People often mistake this for the flu because these are all flu symptoms. This phase can go away without treatment, but then the third phase will commence.

      The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the first one to two years of this phase, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass the disease to their fetus through the womb. (This paragraph needs more detail and makes little sense. Are people outwardly ill during this phase? Are they contagious? If so, how? Through sexual contact? Blood contact? Contact of mucous membranes? This area needs more research).

      There is one more rather uncommon phase known as the Tertiary Phase. This phase is rarely seen in modern times because of the aid of penicillin. But the unlucky people who develop this phase are faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems. (Like what? Cancers? Heart disease? Does their skin fall off? Does their brain die?? What happens to them?)
      Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, that is why syphilis has been referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, because it mimics other diseases.

      Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned often is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is Syphilis that occurs when a fetus has been infected in the womb. This form of syphilis can cause many birth abnormalities in the child such as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection and skin rashes.

      Syphilis is an equal opportunity disease! Anyone who has sex can contract it. Therefore the only way to completely avoid it is through avoiding sexual contact. The highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39. Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006. (Are there any reasons why doctors think this is happening? Do YOU have any idea’s on this?)

      **You need a closing statement. Your speech needs to have a point – did you simply want your peers to know about the disease? Do you want them to avoid it? Are you concerned that the number of cases in infants has increased? Do you think more research needs to be done on it? There needs to be a logical end to this – a statement that closes the discussion**

  19. QUESTION:
    esrd, chf, chronic copd, on oxygen?
    my mother is 66, her kidneys are functioning at 20%, her lower extremities are very swollen, nausea, tingling in hands and feet, anemic, bruising very easily, dry skin basically she has all the symptoms of end stage renal disease. Dialysis isn’t an option for her as it will not help her quality of life. The doctor has called palliative care but she hasn’t given a life expectancy time. I need to know how long a person can live like this. I dont want her to die but i also dont like to see her suffer. If you already answered this question i apologize i didn’t receive the answers as i looked in the wrong e-mail account. any info on this would be appreciated, thank you…Laurie

    • ANSWER:
      From what you are describing, Palliative care does seem like the best rout. No one knows when someone will die except for God. The point of palliative care is to minimize or relieve suffering of the patient. If your mother is suffering and is under palliative care, feel free to express this to your nurse and or doctor. Changes can be made to her care to relieve suffering such as altering any palliative medication she is receiving.

  20. QUESTION:
    Severe joint and muscle pain in someone with ESRD?
    My mother has End Stage Renal Disease and has been on dialysis 3 days a week for approximately 7 years. For the past few weeks, she has experienced severe pain in her knees as well as the muscles in her legs (particularly the front of her thighs and her inner thighs). One of her shoulders has also been extremely sore. She does have arthritis in her hands, however the pain in her legs and shoulder just started recently.
    She told the PA while she was at dialysis today, and he requested a blood test (do not know what he is testing for).
    Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong? Maybe a nutritional deficiency?
    I know the symptoms are vague, but any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Also, the ESRD is not a result of diabetes or lupus, etc….just a kidney infection that got out of control.

    • ANSWER:
      You said it, a kidney infection, bacteria that got out of control.

      Rheumatic diseases are the result of a defective gene and collagen inflammation, often from a chronic infection. Collagen is present throughout the body, from the eyes, skin and joints to the hearth. Hence, the multiplicity of symptoms, depending on the location of the most affected internal organs or body parts.

      I have had seronegative rheumatoid arthritis for 27 years. The telling signs of seronegative rheumatoid arthritis are the following:
      - Joint pain in the feet (or cracking ankles) in the early 20′s or late teens;
      - Fatigue;
      - Blood test showing a negative or low level of Rheumatoid factor;
      - Joint deformities of the fingers, over time, a specific sign of rheumatoid arthritis;
      - Consecutive X-Rays showing bone erosion, a consequence of rheumatoid arthritis;
      - Generalized arthritis, involving the whole body;
      - Elevated levels of C-Reactive protein and Sedimentation rate, as evidenced in blood tests.

      NSAIDs like Voltaren, COX-2 inhibitors like Celebrex, acetaminophen like Tylenol, and codeine are all used to control inflammation and relieve the pain of arthritis.

      Regular exercise like walking, biking and swimming is also helpful for most patients. Make sure that your mother is not overweight as carrying too much weight can only increase the pain of arthritis in the supporting joints of the hips, knees, ankles and feet.

      For any form of arthritis, your mother should consult an Orthopaedist who will order blood tests, joint scans and X-Rays to better diagnose the type of arthritis from which she suffers.

      The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (http://www.aaos.org) maintains a public online directory where you can find the address and phone number of orthopaedists who belong to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Orthopaedists are listed by geographic location and family name, inside the USA and in most countries.

      The membership directory of the AAOS is located at:

      http://www6.aaos.org/about/public/members.cfm

      Lyme disease could be a possibility. Ask your mother’s doctor to test her for the bacteria causing Lyme disease.

      Are there any other cases of arthritis or rheumatic diseases among your relatives? Chronic forms of arthritis are usually prevalent in families where a defective gene is passed on by parents to their children.

      There are a few hundred types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. The good news is that science is progressing rapidly in its understanding of rheumatic diseases.

      Antibiotics are now used to achieve full remissions for at least 40%, if not 65% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. For more info, please join our group at:

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/antibio

  21. QUESTION:
    Nausea for 4 months not pregnancy (quite long!)?
    A few months ago I thought I was pregnant again, when the LO was only 5 months old! The nausea hasnt gone and on Monday I had my third trip to the Dr.s it hasnt gotten any worse, but isnt getting any better either. At first it was thought it was an ear infection, then acid reflux and now he doesnt know what it is but has given me some medication which blocks nauseous feelings. So this is my third round of medication in almost 3 months! I’ve being on this medication for three days now, taking 3 a day it should have begun to work but it hasnt.
    Before my first trip to the Dr.s I had it for about a month, so it is now 4 months I have being feeling horribly nauseous. I have done 5 pregnancy tests and all are negative. I have a mirena coil so it is unlikely.
    My tummy is also tender about 2 inches down from my belly, and to the left and right. The Dr. says if I dont feel any different after this lot of medication then we will start more invasive investigations eg scans, keyhole surgery etc….
    I googled my symptoms, I really wish I hadnt! This is what I found:
    Nausea and vomiting are not diseases, but they are symptoms of many conditions such as:
    * Motion sickness or seasickness
    * Early stages of pregnancy (nausea occurs in 50%-90% of all pregnancies; vomiting in 25%-55%)
    * Medication induced vomiting
    * Intense pain
    * Emotional stress (fear)
    * Gallbladder disease
    * Food poisoning
    * Infections (such as the “stomach flu”)
    * Overeating
    * A reaction to certain smells or odors
    * Heart attack
    * Concussion or brain injury
    * Brain tumor
    * Ulcers
    * Some forms of cancer
    * Bulimia or other psychological illnesses
    * Gastroparesis (a condition seen in people with diabetes)
    * Kidney or Liver disorders
    It isnt motion sickness, isnt pregnancy (though now im wishing it was!)
    medication induced
    intense pain
    emotional stress
    over eating
    heart attack
    bulimia
    certain smells or odors
    I’m really worried as most of these are quite serious, have any of you ever had this? Or do you have any other possibilities of what it could be?
    Thanks! x

    • ANSWER:
      Yes – I felt sick a lot for months, and lost a lot of weight. It was down to anxiety/worry.

      Of course google has to bring up some of the quite serious things too, and look what it’s done, now you’re worrying yourself silly!

      Your medically trained doctor did not believe your symptoms allude to anything serious, otherwise he’d have acted differently. If you’re that worried, book another appointment and tell him/her the anti sickness tablets aren’t working.

  22. QUESTION:
    What are the risks of nephritis?
    One of my friends has been having trouble with what seems to be her kidneys for almost a year now. She’s just gotten a biopsy, and is waiting on results.

    Her doctor believes she has nephritis, because she has every symptom associated with it.

    I’m clearly not an expert on the disease of nephritis, or Lupus nephritis, but can either be deadly?

    Because this has been going on so long, is there a high possibility of her needing to get either a transplant, or go on permanent dialysis, or could she even die from it at this stage?

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing I can answer is on lupus nephritis. Lupus does commonly affect the kidneys but these days treatments are very effective particularly if problems are detected quickly. 95% of patients with kidney problems respond to the treatments and don’t go on to kidney failure.

      For more information on kidneys and lupus please visit www.lupus.org.uk and also see Charlie’s story http://www.lupus.org.uk/information/information_lupuswhatsthatfilm.htm. Charlotte did have kidney failure and went on to have a very successful transplant. At the very end of the previous film to Charlie’s (Aneal’s story, the lupus specialist talks about kidney involvement in lupus).

      Hope that helps a bit.

  23. QUESTION:
    What would be a good conclusion for this essay?
    The population of Bahrain suffers from one of the highest prevalence rates of diabetes in the world. Talk to any medical professional in the kingdom and they’ll tell you it is one of the most pressing health issue the country faces. Currently around 15 per cent of the population suffers from diabetes, with the illness causing five percent of deaths in Bahrain. Yet, thanks to the symptoms being so various and relatively difficult to self-diagnose, up to half of those suffering don’t even know they’ve got it.
    Diabetes is a metabolic disease which is caused by abnormal insulin secretion that regulates glucose use by the cell for energy. The result is a high glucose in the blood leading to damage to the blood vessels supplying main organs and tissues like the kidney, eye, nerves and the heart.
    According to the International Diabetes Federation, five countries among the six highest diabetes prevalence rates in the world are Gulf States countries, including Bahrain which is ranked the fifth. The seriousness of the problem is that 50 percent of cases are unaware that they have the disease but even those diagnosed with diabetes are identified after years of the disease with no symptoms. This is a silent disease and most patients have no symptoms and this underscores the need for early screening for those at risk of the disease. It is estimated that diabetes prevalence will increase by more than two fold in Bahrain in the next two decades. Diabetes mellitus has become one of the most common public health problems in the country. In 1988 it was estimated that 3.4% of total deaths in Bahrain were due to diabetes.
    There are many solutions to cure diabetes before it occurs and after it occurs; depending on the stage it is in. each solution depends on the stage and type of diabetes the individual has. The solutions are; Hydrotherapy, Detoxification, Herbal medicines, and Mud Therapy. These solutions should be carried immediately for individuals in order to solve the diabetes problem. The symptoms can be very unnoticeable so check ups are highly recommended if any of the less visible are seen or felt by the individual.

    • ANSWER:
      Summarize the topic and the main points, then think of something memorable, maybe a joke or deep piece of insight to finish it off with.

  24. QUESTION:
    What next, please help me find an answer?
    I am a ten year breast cancer survivor; stage I, 1.7cm, no lymph node involvement, estrogen positive to me; I had as treatment 17 CMF chemotherapy, 45 Neupogen shots, 30 radiation treatments and a quadrantectomy. My balance seemed to be off during my second chemo treatment. I told my doctor, I fell often. And in 2001 I fell down stairs, broke a tib/fib, titanium rods implanted and ended up with DVT. I have been walking with a cane since then.Last year was treated for an ear infection, serous otitis media, At the emergency room the doctor said I had bubbles on my eardrum. I was admitted to the hospital, and isolated. One doctor came in and said I had MRSA. I didn’t know what that was. I was treated with many antibiotics and the only one that worked was oxacillin. I was discharged after three days. Afterwards, everything changed. I had two failed 17 year old root canals, numerous antibiotics, kidney stone,more antibiotics, ear doctor treated with more antibiotics, saw a neurologist, said I have cerebellar ataxia. Another said I didn’;t. One neurologist said I had fear of falling. One said it was peripheral neuropathy. One said it was PTSD. I was thankful last year to hear that I did not have a neuro-degenerative disease. I left the state to celebrate, with my walker, my cane and a change of clothes. The third day, I fell off a foot high porch and broke the calcaneous bone and did a 2+ sprain on the left ankle. I returned back to my home with the goal of relearning to walk. However, I again became more imbalanced, my right eye started twitching and wouldn’t stop. The eye doctor today tells me it is convergence. The eye doctor last year, told me nystagmus. I call it my scarry eye and continue to do vestibular therapy. Two months ago, I went on another journey to try and save my life and the quality of my life. A neurosurgeon told me, I have never seen that part of the brain completely gone. You need to go to a stroke center. Another doctor told me I might have a connective tissue disease. I tested positive for anti nuclear AB. Yes, I do have arthiritis. If I have something else I don’t know. Last month I made an appt. with a gastroenterologist, because of unusual bloating and unable to urinate completely. No pain at this point. A week later I end up in the Emergency Room: told you have a 2mm kidney stone; it is in the ureter and should pass into the bladder, you should see a doctor in three days. I saw a urologist, CT scan of abdomen and pelvis. He said maybe you will pass it, if not we will do a lithotripsy and place a stent. By the end of the week I ended up in the ER again. I was admitted. The 2 mm stone now was 5.8 mm and in the ureter. I was given pain meds and stayed in the hospital so my 80 year old mother didn’t have to witness me birthing a stone, Everrbody said it was nothing. I tell you it was painful. Before I was discharged from the hospital, the doctor told me a CT scan revealed it was in my bladder. That all should be okay. I have strained urine, looking for a stone, The urologist says the stone is still in the ureter, and the radiologist read the report wrong. Today, a doctor says, good news, no blood in the urine, Today, I still have problems with bloating and voiding fully. I already have problems with vestibular dysfunction and I believe that this is compromising my life. Symptoms: can’t walk or stand for very long, can’t walk forward without holding on. I do well in a swimming pool but sometimes, even it can be difficult. Is it the ear? IS it another disease? I am exhausted and need help? My eyes have a hard time focussing. I try to exercise, stationary bike and swimming every other day. I used to be a very active person who helped others. Please, someone help me. It is difficult being in this body.Every day I don’t know what it will be like when I get up, good or bad, confident or fright.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a bad back too.


Symptoms Of The Kidney Disease

What are symptoms of kidney stones in ureter? They arise when a stone turn out to be lodged in the ureter/urethra. Clearly, kidney stones cause unbearable pain when come in a ureter.

If a stone becomes sizeable enough, it may start to depart of your kidney and move forward through the ureters – the tubes that transmit urine from the kidney to your bladder.

If it gets immovable in the ureter, this is able to bring about an infection which can cause enduring kidney harm.

The ureter contracts in response to the stone, producing serious pain in the flank or lower back that frequently radiates to the groin, in men to the testis. Those who with nephrolithiasis commonly cannot get comfortable and will always alter position in an effort to get release from the embarrassment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Kidney Disease questions?? Can the symptoms kidney disease be similar to mono symptoms?
    Can the symptoms kidney disease be similar to mono symptoms?
    Can is cause you to miss a period?
    Does it have some of the same symptoms of pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Infectious mononucleosis is caused by epstein-Barr virus and usually you get fever, fatigue, etc. This type of symptoms are also associated with kidney failures as well. Also, anytime your body has a malfunction (an issue with an organ) or a change (such as pregnancy) often time you will get a fever. So, some of the symptoms associated with pregnancy mononucleosis can have the similar properties as kidney issues.

      If you get pain while you pee or if you have heavy cramps after a good night sleep (in the morning right out of the bed) I think you may have kidney issue. Also, you should pay attention to the color of your urine. For now drink a lot of water and DO NOT take a lot of pain medications such as Tylenol because it is bad for your kidney.

      If you are not feeling well and you think you may have kidney issues, please go a hospital as soon as possible. Sometimes when you act fast, docs can prevent further complications.

      Get well soon.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of kidney disease and what are the thing or ways to prevent it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sympstoms
      1.Changes in Urination
      Kidneys make urine, so when the kidneys are failing, the urine may change. You may have to get up at night to urinate. Urine may be foamy or bubbly. You may urinate more often, or in greater amounts than usual, with pale urine.
      You may urinate less often, or in smaller amounts than usual with dark colored urine. Your urine may contain blood. You may feel pressure or have difficulty urinating.

      2: Swelling
      Failing kidneys don’t remove extra fluid, which builds up in your body causing swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, face, and/or hands.

      3: Fatigue
      Healthy kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin (a-rith’-ro-po’-uh-tin) that tells your body to make oxygen-carrying red blood cells. As the kidneys fail, they make less erythropoietin. With fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen, your muscles and brain become tired very quickly. This condition is called anemia, and it can be treated.

      Prevention:
      Keep your blood pressure below 130/80. Learn to check your blood pressure at home.
      If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible. Your doctor will want you to check your blood sugar several times each day.
      Maintain a healthy weight. This can help you prevent other diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
      Maintain healthy levels of fats (lipids), such as cholesterol and triglycerides.
      Do not smoke or use other tobacco products. Smoking can lead to atherosclerosis, which reduces blood flow to the kidneys and increases blood pressure.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      You may start to have symptoms only a few months after your kidneys begin to fail. But most people do not have symptoms early on. In fact, many do not have symptoms for as long as 30 years or more. This is called the “silent” phase of the disease.

      How well your kidneys work is called kidney function. As your kidney function gets worse, you may:

      Urinate less than normal.
      Have swelling from fluid buildup in your tissues. This is called edema.
      Feel very tired or sleepy.
      Not feel hungry, or you may lose weight without trying.
      Often feel sick to your stomach (nauseated) or vomit.
      Have trouble sleeping.
      Have headaches or trouble thinking clearly.

      If you are having this, you will need treatment.

      Treatment can be
      Hemo-dialysis,
      Peritoneal dialysis or even
      a kidney transplant.

      Talk to your healthcare provider.

  4. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of kidney disease but not kidney disease?
    my father has all the symptoms for kidney disease like kidney stones however he has done all the test however the show no signs that he has this disease but he still has the symptoms what could be the cause of these symptoms. plz no jokes jus answer if you can’t then plz do not say nothing. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Saying all the symptoms of kidney disease probably won’t be appropriate.
      He may be having Urinary Tract Infection or Prostatic hypertrophy. What is his age?
      All the best for your father!

  5. QUESTION:
    The symptoms of kidney disease?
    What are the symptoms that cause the necessary of dialysis or kidney transplant?
    A 25 male, had no particular symptoms of the disease until he went to hospital to do routine blood analysis…..etc and the doctors said that he had kidney failure.please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a 30yr old male who just was released from the hospital with acute renal failure (kidneyt failure)
      My kidneys failed completely, and for 3 weeks stayed that way. I was on dialysis, blood pressure medications.. etc. It was scary and painful (for me). — Some say there is no pain involved. I tend to disagree, at least with acute kidney failure.

      Anyhow — there are MANY symptoms.. I can tell you that you generally will not get even half of them. But I will tell you the main ones I experienced, and list others just to be thorough.

      Of course kidney failure is diagnosed from your creatinine levels rising. The move from 1.x to 2.x is crucial, and 2-4 is where big problems generally start occurring. Mine went to about 9 before the kidneys started to function again. (this was with dialysis).

      You can have what is referred to as “flank pain” — Pain on your sides, lower back, in the general kidney area — Just below the ribcage.

      I experienced some of this, but not alot.

      Edema or swelling is another sure sign of kidney failure. It is usually most pronounced in your ankles, hands, and in my case my face. (I had more swelling in my face, esp. around the eyes than any other place)

      The inability to urinate is a sure sign,.. or more likely urinating much less than normal. You can even have the urge to urinate much more frequently but not alot of volume.

      Discoloration of urine — usually darker, but it can be pale as well. Confusing I know.

      With me, my output of urine was lower than it should be (I had I.V. fluids and a catheter.. they would then be able to measure exactly fluid intake vs. output). After most of the tubes were removed my urine output spiked, much more than normal, and after about a week of this my kidneys took the turn towards ‘recovery’.

      Nausea is a big one, was for me. At the beginning I threw up , then was simply nauseated for days. After that passed some, my appetite was very low, and foods would increase the stomach pain and nausea. It passed with time.

      Dehydration is very common as well… as is dry mouth.

      Weight loss — although you can gain an incredible amount of weight if your body is collecting fluid as well.

      Your electrolytes (the salts in your body) are regulated via the kidneys. Hence, with failure, these levels are not in balance. Which is dangerous. It can be so dangerous you can be on the verge of heart attack because of calcium/potassium imbalances, or simply have muscle cramps.

      Shortness of breath — Or feeling the need to cough when you breath in deeply. This is fluid accumulating on the lungs. (Happened to me, and I used a spirometer religiously to keep from acquiring pneumonia.

      The following definitely occurred to me:

      # Feeling tired and/or weak
      # Memory problems
      # Difficulty concentrating
      # Dizziness

      These are usually because your red blood cells are not being produced in an adequate manner, yet another thing controlled by your kidneys via erythropoietin. Which causes Anemia.

      I was extremely tired and weak (and still am regaining strength) :) — I had exaggerated memory problems, poor concentration, and just basic neurological and cognitive difficulties.

      Another symptom I had was low blood pressure in the beginning.. followed by a sudden (after about 4-5 days of onset of failure) – increase in blood pressure.

      Literally one day my blood pressure was 98/60 and the next it was 210/125. Scared me! I wasn’t sure if the pressure would ever go back to normal.

      I had intense headaches, and was pumped full of every blood pressure medication they had (so it seemed) — some Oral, some I.V.

      Funny thing is, none of the BP medication did anything to lower the insanely high Blood Pressure I had.

      I had this blood pressure for about a week and a half, and then just as it came.. overnight it switched back to normal. When it switched back to normal was when my Creatinine levels finally dropped for the first time on their own…without dialysis. — From there the kidneys got better every day. For no rhyme or reason. They virtually act like they have an on/off switch.

      I learned the kidneys control SO much more than just filtering blood and producing Urine.

      The doctors most likely have determined some level of kidney failure from elevated Creatinine from your Blood work/labs.

      You are very young , as was I, to have this occur — and I cannot say if yours is an acute or chronic type of failure. Though I do know constant high blood pressure or diabetes can cause slow and steady kidney failure.

      If you have none of these conditions, then perhaps it is an acute failure of some sort that can be resolved rather quickly.

      They generally start you on dialysis when it is evident that your kidneys aren’t functioning enough to filter your blood adequately. The Nephrologists will determine this quickly.

      From there, depending on if it looks like a long-term, or short-term dialysis treatment schedul

  6. QUESTION:
    “What are the symptoms of kidney disease?”?

    • ANSWER:
      •need to urinate frequently, especially at night (nocturia);

      •swelling of the legs and puffiness around the eyes (fluid retention);

      •high blood pressure;

      •fatigue and weakness (from anemia or accumulation of waste products in the body);

      •loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting;

      •itching, easy bruising, and pale skin (from anemia);
      •shortness of breath from fluid accumulation in the lungs;

      •headaches, numbness in the feet or hands (peripheral neuropathy), disturbed sleep, altered mental status (encephalopathy from the accumulation of waste products or uremic poisons), and restless legs syndrome;

      •chest pain due to pericarditis (inflammation around the heart);

      •bleeding (due to poor blood clotting);

      •bone pain and fractures; and

      •decreased sexual interest and erectile dysfunction

  7. QUESTION:
    symptoms of Kidney stone? or another disease? ?
    Hi I am Asian male my age 23 (single-virgin ) I fell like uncomfortable this days please help me my friends .
    Last Monday I had some symptoms in my urine…I don’t have diabetics I check its normal but im fat .

    1st day I feel like to go to restroom every 1hours but no problem in my pee its normal color. And I start to drink water lot ….
    2nd day same but I feel like not major pain little dull pain in my front kidney left side same right side of kidney but not like left side pain this pain not longer its 1or 2 minutes every 1 or 2 hours after I fell this pain .
    3rd day my privet area is pain normal time but when I go to pee little pain in inside in area burning little not much it’s like something block inside me and little back pain in my back near my back bone disk then I take my urine report and I went to doctor.
    My urine report:-
    Color – pale yellow / appearance clear /specific gravity 1.012 / pH 6.0 /
    Pus cells occasional / epithelial cells occasional / red cells, protein glucose etc all NIL ….

    DR (kidney specialist) told me my report is normal no problem in my urine he told me I had kidney stone it small. But he not scan my body he give a medicine to 1 week after it not stop u can take ultra scan. These are the medicine he gave to me
    Lasix 40mg / ciprofloxacin hydrochloride 500mg / buscopan .2 times a day

    Now I feel like pain near my urethra. (*O*) * This mark is my pain O is my urethra
    Last 2days, dull back pain and some pain in kidney area dull side not much but my urine going normal. No burning sensation

    This is my question:-
    What this disease? It s kidney stone how long it will take to cure?
    These symptoms are kidney stone or another disease symptom?
    Ultra scan good for this?
    Any way to cure this disease?
    These symptoms are good or bad my life?

    Please help me my friends I am student im in depression I cant study this month end I have an idea a go to UK for higher study I feel like this disease kill my future.
    Thanks my friends I prey for all this disease not come to anyone

    • ANSWER:
      I am not an expert in medicine: It could be that you have a second small stone to pass? Nothing serious my mother had this and she reached the age of 90th. Wish you good Luck and happy Study!

  8. QUESTION:
    kidneys, last summers fall cause symptoms of kidney disease?
    last summer i fell pretty hard on my side, i never went to the doctor directly for it, but thought i might of broke a rib or something and was in pain for a long time. I had a hard time breathing right after the fall. now I’m fatigued that area is bothering me again, my ankles swell and my body is very achy. could it be my kidneys or some kind of kidney disease

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Can they detect kidney disease, failure in a urine test?
    I had blood tests done in January and my kidneys are normal. But lately I have been peeing a lot and I feel this pressure to pee. And those are one of the symptoms of kidney disease.

    • ANSWER:
      they usually preform blood test for kidney disease. on the other hand sometimes a urine test is done to detect other kidney ailments. if you are urinating a lot this may be a sign of a bladder infection or even a urinary tract infection you should get by a doctor to find out the exact problem drink plenty of water and try some cranberry.

  10. QUESTION:
    what are the classic symptoms of kidney disease? what about itching and joint pain?

    • ANSWER:
      could be ,go get a blood test

  11. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of Kidney Disease?
    Lately, I’ve been having Shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, and mostly frightening, less Urination. I could drink several bottles of Water and urinate only about half of it. I’m gonna have my Mom(I’m only 15) schedule an appointment, and see what’s wrong with me. This has been happening for the last 2 days now. Does anyone have a clue what could it be? I’m hopping it’s not some Kidney disease.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think that this would be a kidney disease. these complications may be due to extreme hot weather.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of early kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      10 Symptoms of Kidney Disease
      Many people who have chronic kidney disease don’t know it, because the early signs can be very subtle. It can take many years to go from chronic kidney disease (CKD) to kidney failure. Some people with CKD live out their lives without ever reaching kidney failure.

      However, for people at any stage of kidney disease, knowledge is power. Knowing the symptoms of kidney disease can help you get the treatment you need to feel your best. If you or someone you know has one or more of the following symptoms of kidney disease, or you are worried about kidney problems, see a doctor for blood and urine tests. Remember, many of the symptoms can be due to reasons other than kidney disease. The only way to know the cause of your symptoms is to see your doctor.

      Symptom 1: Changes in Urination
      Kidneys make urine, so when the kidneys are failing, the urine may change. How?

      ■You may have to get up at night to urinate.
      ■Urine may be foamy or bubbly. You may urinate more often, or in greater amounts than usual, with pale urine.
      ■You may urinate less often, or in smaller amounts than usual with dark colored urine.
      ■Your urine may contain blood.
      ■You may feel pressure or have difficulty urinating.

      Symptom 2: Swelling
      Failing kidneys don’t remove extra fluid, which builds up in your body causing swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, face, and/or hands.

      Symptom 3: Fatigue
      Healthy kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin (a-rith’-ro-po’-uh-tin) that tells your body to make oxygen-carrying red blood cells. As the kidneys fail, they make less erythropoietin. With fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen, your muscles and brain become tired very quickly. This condition is called anemia, and it can be treated.

      Symptom 4: Skin Rash/Itching
      Kidneys remove wastes from the bloodstream. When the kidneys fail, the buildup of wastes in your blood can cause severe itching.

      Symptom 5: Metallic Taste in Mouth/Ammonia Breath
      A buildup of wastes in the blood (called uremia) can make food taste different and cause bad breath. You may also notice that you stop liking to eat meat, or that you are losing weight because you just don’t feel like eating.

      Symptom 6: Nausea and Vomiting
      A severe buildup of wastes in the blood (uremia) can also cause nausea and vomiting. Loss of appetite can lead to weight loss.

      Symptom 7: Shortness of Breath
      Trouble catching your breath can be related to the kidneys in two ways. First, extra fluid in the body can build up in the lungs. And second, anemia (a shortage of oxygen-carrying red blood cells) can leave your body oxygen-starved and short of breath.

      Symptom 8: Feeling Cold
      Anemia can make you feel cold all the time, even in a warm room.

      Symptom 9: Dizziness and Trouble Concentrating
      Anemia related to kidney failure means that your brain is not getting enough oxygen. This can lead to memory problems, trouble with concentration, and dizziness.

      Symptom 10: Leg/Flank Pain
      Some people with kidney problems may have pain in the back or side related to the affected kidney. Polycystic kidney disease, which causes large, fluid-filled cysts on the kidneys and sometimes the liver, can cause pain.

  13. QUESTION:
    Do I have symptoms of kidney disease?
    I am 20 years old male. I was feeling really bad for about a year, I went to the Doctor Summer 2010, and told her I don’t feel good. I feel weak, tired all the time, have high blood pressure. She did a routine blood test and saw an increase of WBC and invisible blood in my urine. She didn’t pay attention to it and told me I am going through depression and I need to see a psychologist so they can give me anti depressants. My problems weren’t emotional, I was sad because I didn’t feel good all the time.

    I asked one of my firneds who is going to MED school that I was going to get my heart checked because of the high blood pressure. He told me that its probably your kidneys.

    Here are my signs why I think I have it:
    1. High Blood Pressure
    2. Sometimes I had trouble peeing and it hurt
    3. Had this weird taste in my mouth like IODINE and had cuts and open sores
    4. The invisible blood in urine – when i went to the DR to get checked out.

    I am going to the DR tomorrow to get a special blood test to check kidneys but I would like to know your opinion.

    been crying non stop :( andd I dont really have any firneds cuz they all left me :( sooo I would like some support :( I just wish I dont die there is so much I want to do :(

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my gosh.. I highly doubt you’ll die, unless it’s not treated, but it will be :)

      Have you been having pain on your lower back? If so, it’s most likely something wrong with your kidney.
      And if you have trouble peeing, it can be anything – kidney problem, urine infection, std, etc..
      Do not get worried about what I have written.

      But to me it sounds like maybe a kidney infection or a urine infection.
      But you’ll find out when you go to the doctors. :)

  14. QUESTION:
    I’m pregnant and I’m trying to figure out if I have kidney disease. I don’t have insurance right now…?
    (I’m working on getting insurance) otherwise I would just go to the doctor. So I was looking up the symptoms of kidney disease, and many of them seem to be things that are also associated with pregnancy. I have experienced many of them, but I thought it was just because I was pregnant. So out of the following list of kidney disease symptoms, are any NOT common during pregnancy also?

    * changes in urination habits – having to go but nothing is there
    * urine looks different – blood in urine
    * swelling in ankles/feet
    * sleeping habits change
    * dizziness/lack of concentration
    * nausea
    * food tastes different
    * always out of breath, even without exercise
    * pain in back or side

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Joy!

      Just as the other posters have said- the blood in the urine is the only red flag item. At one point or another I experienced everything but the blood in the urine during my pregnancy.

      Do you happen to have cash for a “doc in the box?” If not is there a county or state clinic you can go to? How about any free clinics? Can your church help?

      God bless you and protect you (and your little peanut!). :)

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the symptom of kidney disease or kidney going bad?

    • ANSWER:
      There’s a lot of different kidney diseases. Protein or blood in the urine and pain in your mid-lower back (location of kidneys) that won’t go away with pain meds are usually an indicator. Try the link in the source, it had a lot of info on kidney diseases. When I had a kidney infection, it started with the back pain.

  16. QUESTION:
    Does it sound like my cat has Kidney Disease?
    My cat has recently been throwing up alot and I know that that is a symptom of Kidney disease. We took him to the vet about three weeks ago just for a check up and they took his blood work and found no problems at all. do you think he could have Kidney disease?
    He’s throwing up what looks like clear liquid

    • ANSWER:
      The blood work tells how all the organs are functioning, so if you had a full panel IDEXX done and there were no signs, I’d say it’s not kidneys. However throwing up very frequently is one of the signs of pancreatitis, which can develop in a few hours. Kidney disease is also something that includes a lot of water drinking by the cat, if that isn’t happening, I’d suspect something else.

      What is the cat throwing up–clear, bile yellow, or brown partially digested food? Is there any hair involved? Some have very touchy stomachs, some can’t handle certain foods, some may be chewing on cords or chemically treated things which would result in barfing.

      Clear liquid is either saliva or just drunk water from the bowl. Wash the water bowl out, there could be a bacteria build up in it. If the throw up was cold when it came out of the cat then it’s the water. If the throw up is warm, it’s been in him long enough to be heated up to body temperature and could be anything.

  17. QUESTION:
    Could I have kidney disease/failure?
    I was looking up kidney disease symptoms and a lot of mine match (although I realize they may be somewhat vague symptoms possibly caused by other things.) I was wondering if anyone could help me out with what they think i might have. They are as follows:

    -extremely itchy and sensitive rash on chest and face for at least a week (cortisone cream had been only mildly helpful, if it all)
    -more frequent, stronger urges to go to the bathroom and yet i barely urinate at all once there (i thought it was a yeast infection but has not gone away with 1 a day pills to help such and there is no itch)
    -feeling of bloating or tightness in lower abdomen for at least 3-4 days that I thought was maybe constipation but has not passed with laxatives
    -as of tonight, I have a strong pain in my lower left side also reaching somewhat to my lower left back
    -lately i’ve felt like i have to breath deeper and my heart feels like it’s beating extra fast or intensely
    -i have had chills as long as i can remember…they usually show up in quick spasms (also getting chills when i use the bathroom and nothing comes out)
    -i have not worked out in a couple days, but when i did last week a couple times, i felt disoriented (almost couldn’t see straight) and overwhelmingly tired after cardio but have not been sore the next day

    As a note I also had pyelonephritis when i was 3 and am now 20. I am looking for more constructive help than ‘go see a doctor’ because that is an obvious observation.
    This is in response to Irving-
    I try to drink 64 oz of water a day so I’m not sure how to hydrate more, but I will definitely cut back on caffeine. I drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day so despite the withdrawal I will try it. I took a generic antacid earlier tonight (which I think is what tums is?) and it did not change a thing. Would something like pamprin help since it’s for bloating and stuff or should I just steer clear of more meds?

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Can you explain what the symptoms are of progressed kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      When you click on the link below, go to the section called “What are the symptons of CKD?” (chronic kidney disease).

      Please note that they point out that these symotoms are not notable until the later stages of the disease. Chronic kidney disease is not the same as a kidney infection.

      The symptoms include poor appetite, trouble sleeping, and swollen feet and ankles, plus more. I had all of these symptoms.

      I would advise anyone with diabetes or high blood pressure to get checked at least once a year for their kidney function. Those are the 2 leading causes of kidney failure. If you don’t have Type 2 diabetes, do whatever you can to avoid it. Kidney failure/dialysis is not an enjoyable lifestyle…

  19. QUESTION:
    what are the signs and symptoms of a kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, there aren’t many. People have no symptoms until they reach end stage renal disease. Hypertension may start a little earlier. Other symptoms are: anemia, weakness, fatigue, bleeding due to platelet dysfunction, chest pain or shortness of breath from pleuritis or pericarditis and so on. All organ systems begin to be affected at the terminal stages.

  20. QUESTION:
    My dog is drinking an excessive amount of water, could this be kidney problems?
    My 11 year old Min Pin is drinking an excess amount of water. What are the symptoms of Kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Could also be diabetes. Your best bet would be to make an appt. with your vet asap. Have you noticed what color the urine is? You might want to take a urine spec. in when you take your dog in. I hope it is nothing really serious.

  21. QUESTION:
    Kidney stones and kidney disease?
    I am a 17 yr old female. I was diagnosed with a 3mm kidney stone a few months ago. Friday I woke up with really bad back pains and vommiting my mom brought me to the er and they took a urine test and said I had blood in my urine and they gave me lortabs and a pee strainer and told me to make an appointment with my urologist. So that Monday I met with my urologist and she took a cat scan and said my kidney stone was no longer in my kidney so I’m probably trying to pass it and if I don’t pass it by my next appointment which is tomorrow I might have to have surgery. But I’ve noticed I’ve been extremely tired and my skin has been quite itchy. I remember those are symptoms of kidney disease. I’m only 17 though. Could the tiredness just be because of the lortabs? I’m scared to say anythng to my mom about kidney disease because shed just say I’m being a hypocondriac. So is this serious I’m kinda scared. Please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      I know you are scared, my kidney stones started when I was about your age and I am 30 now, I have had over 20 stones. Most I passed on my own but alot had to involve surgery. The surgery isn’t very bad but you will be uncomfortable for a few days after words. You are correct about itchy skin being one sign of kidney disease but you mentioned that you are taking Lortabs(hydrocodone) the one of the main side effects of that pain med is itchy skin, and tiredness it does it to me everytime I have to take them. So I would not worry about kidney disease I am pretty sure that it’s just the side effect of the pain meds. I hope this has helped you. I am sorry you are going through this I understand how painfully miserable it can be and I know how scary it can be as well. I wish the best for you and a quick recovery. Take care.

  22. QUESTION:
    Liver Disease and your imput…?
    My mom died 10 years ago due to several different health problems, it all started off with bad blood, she had one thing wrong with the next, liver, kidney, you name it. She suffered for 19 years, and I was told I have alot of her symptoms, kidney disease, thyroid, and now liver damage. I am so tired of one doctor to the next, it seems they are never sure what I have definatly.
    My question is I was recently told that my liver looked bad, but not for sure that it is damaged as of yet, I go for more test in a few days. DOES drinking make it worse? Am I suppose to totally stop all together, and besides medication through the years and drinking, is there any other way that I got this? What is your advise on whether you think drinking is going to make it worse or not, and is there something I can do to keep me healthier like does excerise even help or taking vitamians, cause I am SO tired of finding horrible doctors that never know whats going on anymore!

    • ANSWER:
      There are some hereditary liver diseases. Sounds like you need to thouroughly understand which one yours is. Drinking DEFINETLY should be off your ‘to do’ list. It always will make liver disease worse, no matter the cause.
      Be careful of vitamins too, some of those are harmful
      Is there any way you can bring someone with you to your docs appt.? Sometimes, having someone there with you will help you later understand all they said. Also, if that’s not possible, write down all your questions first, and bring the list with you. Some questions I would ask:
      1)specific diagnosis (then you can look it up later for more info)
      2)drugs and OTC to avoid (so you don’t cause more damage)
      3)Any thing more can be done to help (any studies, experimental drugs, anything new going on to treat this?)
      4)Any other opinions? (search for the latest info on your diagnosis)
      Good luck, I hope you get to the bottom of this and feel better soon. Be proactive in your health, information will help you understand what you can do for yourself!

  23. QUESTION:
    Do you think my cat is suffering from a kidney disease?
    For about a week I notice my cat looking really skinny. I didn’t think much of it until I can feel her spine and ribs easily. Near her tail (like around her waist area) she is extremely skinny there. Like her waist is getting sunk into her body. She’s been acting normal, but I notice she hasn’t been eating a lot and wants more water than usual. But she uses the bathroom fine. She’s had energy until now, where she is now to be getting weak. I’ve made an appointment to the vet today, but I jsut wanted to know if this could be symptoms of kidney disease or something else? If it is kidney problems, can she be saved? or will she die no matter what?
    I almost forgot. She has been doing things over and over again. Like if she goes to eat, she will eat a little, than she will go back to my bed rest and then minutes later she will go do the same thing again. She’s also done this when she saw me eating, came to me and then quickly returned to my bed to rest. She also does this licking sound from time to time.

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like it could be chronic renal failure (CRF, that’s kidney disease…). The licking sound could possibly be from her feeling a little nauseous (they say crf is like flu, not actually painful). Another possibility is hyperactive thyroid: though most cats with this lose weight in spite of increased appetite, some do lose their appetites. Increased restlessness would fit this. It could even be a combination of both: if your vet does diagnose hyperactive thyroid make sure she’s monitored when first starting treatment, as hyperT can mask CRF and reduce symptoms.

      HyperT is easily treatable, with options including medication (which doesn’t taste bad, so generally cats take it easily, one of mine learnt to take her pill herself when put in front of her), surgery and radiation, the latter 2 giving a cure.

      CRF is not curable. However the the outlook is very variable, with many cats living long enough to die from something else. I’ve had two cats with both CRF and HyperT. One lived only 7 weeks after her CRF diagnosis. The other, who also had a heart condition which complicated medication further, lived over 2 years from diagnosis. You don’t say how old yours is, but mine lived to 17 and 19. If you want to look into it, there’s a lot of controversy over different treatments. Personally I think number 1 priority is making sure your cat has quality of life for as long as she has, and not prolonging her life if doing so reduces the quality too much.

      If she has CRF and is feeling sick you can do something for that simply by encouraging her to eat little and often. Your vet might recomend special diets: if she doesn’t like them, they only make marginal difference, so don’t feed them. My 19 year old beat the odds with three life threatening conditions on a diet of normal cat food and very little medical intervention for her kidneys (fortekor and b suplements, no fluids which would have been bad for her heart). And don’t forget to look after yourself as well as her: don’t feel guilty if you don’t do as much as others you might talk to on the internet. Making yourself exhausted/stressed out/broke will not stop the inevitable coming one day. Nor will it help you be the loving, happy owner your cat deserves. All our cats die eventually (your question: will she die no matter what? answer, yes, all cats do, with CRF or not). Look after both of you.

  24. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of liver disease?
    What are the symptoms of liver disease? Is a liver disease can be treated i.e. is it possible to treat liver disease? What will happen if left untreated? Is this disease considered on of the biggest diseases like heart disease, kidney disease etc.

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms of liver disease include:
      >jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin)
      >severe itching
      >dark urine
      >mental confusion or coma
      >vomiting of blood
      >easy bruising and tendency to bleed
      >gray or clay-colored stools
      >abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen.

      Time is of the essence for patients with liver disease because early intervention can often prevent life-threatening complications. Some patients with liver disease are asymptomatic, but their histories may reveal risk factors to justify liver analyte testing.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can fever be a symptom of kidney complication other than kidney infection? Possible sign of kidney disease?
    There is an argument right now between the kidney doctor and immunologist as to my son’s diagnosis…just looking for any helpful answers or experiences. He has symptoms of both kidney complications (protein in urine) and immune disorder (recurrent fevers with no other symptoms)
    THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      to give you piece of mind ..go to a different doctor see what they say well good luck

  26. QUESTION:
    The disease that encompasses a group of symptoms that affect the kidney is?
    does anybody know?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t quite understand your question.
      Diabetes?
      End stage renal disease?

  27. QUESTION:
    Dogs with Kidney disease & acne?
    My 4 year old Doberman was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was 1 year old, when he was finally diagnosed the x-ray and ultrasound showed his kidneys were so far gone the vet had told us he was living on borrowed time so , appreciate him well we have him.. He dose well with some bouts of weight loss and fatigue. Over the last few years he started getting acne just on his chin and as long as I kept it clean it stayed under control but, now his acne has gotten much worse it has spread to his lips, his snout and even a few sore inside his mouth and it looks painful.
    I imagine this is a symptom of the kidney disease due to a weak immune system but, what can I do?
    Has anyone else had/have a dog with kidney disease and theses symptoms?
    Thanks any help would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      I suspect you are right about the excessive chin acne being related to his weak kidney function.. Dobermans are noted for commonly having the chin acne. However, the ‘exterior’ acne can be treated with human acne OTC medications. Wiping his chin frequently with the acne pads. However, Dogs may be sensitive to gels or shampoos containing greater than 2.5% benzoyl peroxide.
      Also, washing his bowl between EACH feeding. Plastic bowls hold the oily residue, so its important to use stainless steel, or glass/ceramic bowls for food and water. ( I am former Doberman breeder)

      Here are several case study discussions concerning kidney failure, that I am sure will be of interest to you> http://www.vetinfo.com/drenal.html

  28. QUESTION:
    Renal Disease Stage III – what vegetables and fruits to avoid?
    My Dad has multiple health problems including diabetes, but was recently diagnosed with Renal Disease Stage III. He’s already been doing much of what they list at the site below (lost more than 50 pounds) and is trying to increase his exercise. I make a lot of his food, especially premade meals for him to pop out of the freezer into the microwave such as homemade burritos. The link indicates that he may have to avoid fruits and vegetables high in phosphorus or potassium. Which ones are these besides bananas (which he rarely eats anyway)?

    http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/symptoms-and-diagnosis/stage-3-of-chronic-kidney-disease-ckd/a/685

    • ANSWER:
      The same web site also lists the high potassium and high phosphorus foods. Go to:

      http://www.davita.com/diet-and-nutrition/c/diet-basics

      Back when I was on dialysis, I remember that I was supposed to limit potatos, tomatos,and oranges, but I can’t remember the rest, so they should be on the website.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can Kidney problems be associated wt Lyme disease?
    I’ve recently been diagnosed wt Lyme disease and i am now seeing the symptoms of kidney problems. I was wondering is it likely for humans to have kidney problems wt Lyme disease?

    • ANSWER:
      uh huh

  30. QUESTION:
    How do i tell my parents that I want my kidney transplant early. I am 14 years old.?
    I am 14 years old, and my doctor and parents have planned for me to wait about 8 MORE YEARS. I am feeling all the symptoms of my kidney disease and i am ready now, so i can live a happy childhood.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Spencer, my heart goes out to you. I know it is not easy to bear with all the symptoms of your illness especially since you are so young. Your doctor and parents must have their reasons why it would take another 8 years. Your parents are probably guided by the doctor’s advise. Ask them why and talk to them about your illness. I am sure they will respect your need to know what’s happening.

      Meantime whatever religion or God you believe in, Pray. Pray for strength to go through it. You have to stay strong and never fall into self pity for if you do nobody will be able to pull you out except yourself. Stay positive and never let your illness beat you. I know it is easier said than done but the will to pull through and beat the illness is also part of the success of the transplant.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can a kidney infection turn into something more serious like chronic kidney disease?
    I have a kidney infection. Well my doctor diagnosed me with a UTI but I have the symptoms of a kidney infection any how, I have never had any problem like this before and I am really scared. I took antibiotics and am drinking cranberry juice and taking cranberry pills like crazy. I am very healthy I exercise and eat right and I dont even drink soda. I just need to know if this can get worse and how long dose it take to get rid of a kidney infection? Please Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure you see a doctor for a follow up to make sure this kidney infection is gone! I went to school for nutrition, and we did major work in a dialysis center, and several patients there had low grade kidney infections that started with one simple kidney infection, and it never went away fully, although they thought it did. This wears down the kidneys over a lifetime, and can end in kidney failure (end stage renal disease). When the antibiotics that were prescribed for you are gone, I would call the doctor and tell him you want a follow up to ensure that your infection is cleared up. Thats not to say that all kidney infections end up as renal disease, this is just to remind you that kidney infections aren’t something to play around with, so make sure you get it properly taken care of! (Which is sounds like you are).

  32. QUESTION:
    Could I have kidney disease or something else?
    I have been having severe itching all over my body, but usually it only occures on my lower back right near my kidneys. I googled Kidney disease and I have found that in the past week, I have had at least 7 of the symptoms associated with Kidney disease. (Sweating, itching, lightheadedness, paler skin, easy bruising, frequent nightime urination, and kidney pain) I had kidney stones in the past and heard they can cause kidney disease as well, if left untreated, as mine have. I also have sharp, sudden pains that occure in the front right above my hip bone. Could this mean kidney disease or could there be a less dramatic diagnoses that I am missing?

    I’ve had complication in the past due to my kidney stones, but the worst I’ve ever had was the pain in the mornings. Now I’m showing many other symptoms of something.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s always a possibility. I think the best thing to do is to go see your doctor, it’s not like they’re going to say ‘you’re a hypochondriac gtfo you’re fine.’

  33. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know where I can find information about Kidney disease & the relationship between having Diabetes?
    I have a history of polycytic kidney disease but do not have symptoms yet. I also have gestational diabetes . My doctor said that it is most likely that I will have type 2 diabetes after my pregnancy.
    I have polycystic kidney disease now.

    • ANSWER:
      Web MD. com. Best place for medical questions. Good luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    what are the early symptoms of a person with kidney stone disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney stones often cause no pain while they are in the kidneys, but they can cause sudden, severe pain as they travel from the kidneys to the bladder.

      Call a doctor right away if you think you have kidney stones. Watch for severe pain in your side, belly, or groin or for urine that looks pink or red. You may also feel sick to your stomach (nausea) and may vomit.

  35. QUESTION:
    does lisinopril cause kidney damage?
    i was prescribed lisinopril for high blood pressure 5 months ago. i was told by my PD that it protects your kidneys by loosening the blood vessels. But, i’m getting information that it causes kidney damage and kidney failure in some patients. I’m afraid that this drug has damaged my kidneys because i’m having some symptoms of kidney disease. i will get the result of my kidney function test in two days and i’m worried . Does anybody know? if so , is the damage irreversible?

    • ANSWER:
      I have an autoimmune disorder that kills my kidney tissue. My doc put me on Lisinopril because it slows the progression of kidney disease. It wouldn’t make sense for him to have put me on it if it would CAUSE kidney disease.

  36. QUESTION:
    how the disease symptoms arises due to alcohol?
    how do we know our kidney and liver function?Since i drink veryweekend 750 ml of rum ,how do i diagonse my status of health ..recommend me

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do is visit your doctor. Some signs of kidney trouble are pain in the lower back. Either on the left side or right or both. Another sign is if your urine is discolored and/or it is painful to urinate. This could be just a kidney infection, drink lots of water and cranberry juice to clear it up. If you drink heavily, you might notice yellowing in the whites of the eyes and in extreme kidney shut down, your skin with turn yellowish. If your a diabetic, you should not drink at all or not anymore then just socially. Diabetics have a higher risk of kidney problems. Best bet, is to see your doctor.

      Cheers!

  37. QUESTION:
    How do you solve a probability question like this?
    PREMISE: The presence of bacteria in a urine sample (bacteriuria) is sometimes associated with symptoms of kidney disease in women. Suppose a determination of bacteriuria has been made over a large population of women at one point in time and 5% of those sampled are positive for bacteriuria.

    QUESTION: Suppose a sample of n=100 women is selected from this population. Let X be the number with bacteriuria. What is the probability that 3 or more women have bacteriuria, that is P(X≥3)?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi L,

      P(womanhas) = 5% = 0.05
      P(womandoesnthave) = 1 – 0.05 = 0.95

      P(>=3 womenhave) = 1 – P(0womenhave) – P(1 womanhas) – P(2womenhave)

      P(0women) = 0.95^100

      prob of only 1st woman having is 0.05 * 0.95^99 but the only woman to have could be the 2nd or 3rd or 4th or….100th.

      So P(1womanhas)= 0.05 * 0.95^99 * 100

      prob of 1st and 2nd woman having is 0.05^2 * 0.95^98 but it could be the 1st and 3rd, 1st and 4th, ……99th and 100th so the number of combinations of having 2 women with is 100! / 2! / 98! = 100*99 / 2 = 4950

      So P(2womenhave) = 0.05^2 * 0.95^98 *4950

      so P(>=3women have)

      =1 – 0.95^100 – (0.05 * 0.95^99 *100) – (0.05^2 * 0.95^98 * 4950)
      = 1 – 0.11826
      = 0.88174

      approx 0.882 chance = 88.2% of 3 or more women having bacteriuria.

  38. QUESTION:
    Blood Test and your Kidney?
    What does it mean if your doctor asked to go back in again to check up with the abnormalities in your bloodtest regarding your Kidneys (possibly dry kidneys) or what not? Should I be worried, even though my blood pressure, cholesterol, are good? Why haven’t I experienced any of the symptoms of kidney disease, or are there more that I don’t know about?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Often, a screening panel of blood tests may include serum creatinine and a calculated glomerular filtration rate. These tests are screening tools to look for early, subtle signs of kidney disease. Sometimes the tests are inconclusive and may require a repeat test or perhaps more involved testing to see if there is early kidney damage present. Most people with mild kidney abnormalities will not have symptoms. Hopefully your doctor will tell you more when you go back.

  39. QUESTION:
    *********SEVERE KIDNEY PROBLEM PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    Severe ongoing kidney pain please help!?
    I had leukemia when I was a kid. In remission. Extensive chemotherapy for 3 years on and off. Tested for Lupus one year ago due to questionable symptoms. I know not everyone on here is a doctor but I need advice for the time being. My symptoms are severe kidney pain (right side) for AT LEAST one year now. Weird rash on hands-have to itch it with a brush and the skin peels of my fingertips and palms. I cant stand for a long time because my right kidney hurts so bad its debilitating. I know its not a joint/bone problem because I had some arthritis and RA testing done-alls well there. I cant drink soda’s, juices, milk or coffee obviously this causes severe chronic pain. Kidney hurts whenever I have to urinate-which I do as soon as I feel the urge to go. I get nauseated often but dont vomit, and when I wake up in the morning Im in severe pain its hard to even get dressed. Ive read up on the symptoms of kidney disease but I dont want to sound like a hypochondriac to my doctor when I go. Please advise-anyone know anything about these symptoms. And yes, I constantly have kidney stones that pass and regenerate, and my urine is always foul smelling and extremely clouded. Please help-thanks so much.
    53 minutes ago – 1 week left to answer.
    Additional Details
    Also, I always feel like Im thirsty and I always have something to drink with me. I try as often as possible to drink water. I know the pain is kidney pain because I went to the ER and they said I had kidney inflammation. The pain takes m my breath away at points and their are times when I get extremely dizzy and faint.
    50 minutes ago

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sassy!
      I think that you already know the obvious but perhaps need a little confirmation. Girl, there are a few organs within your body that strongly affect the total health and well being of your body as a whole. You probably know already that your kidneys are one of the primary organs that does influence your health. Two things that you have mentioned caught my attention. one is the “itchy rash” on your hands. That is a sure sign of nerves and in conjunction with your kidneys; actually create agitated conditions that intensify your kidney problems. The other is the ‘foul smelling; cloudy urine. Of course this is brought on by the kidney infection ‘but’ it is a good sign that the kidneys are functioning and trying to cleanse themselves. I know this is not a time to be trying ‘old remedies’ but a few of them actually help. Most likely, you are drinking liquids that are cool or cold in temperature. The kidneys actually have to work harder at cleansing under these conditions. Try warming your liquids to slightly above body temperature (between 100* and 110*Max.). This will help. Also, in your case, please try to drink distilled water only, because; most bottled water is actually “pure tap water.” To a healthy person, this does not create consequences of any magnitude. In your case, the slightest deviations of germs or enzymes, foreign in nature, can present problems. Please also try to drink considerable amounts of nothing but water. It may be painful to begin with but it does in fact help flush out those conditions that are helping to agitate your ailment. Now, for the “Old remedies.” This one, I place quite a bit of faith in because I too have bouts with my kidneys. Honey is the only absolute pure energizing food that has zero harmful substances. It never has to be protected as it will ‘never; spoil, period! You take two tablespoons of honey in the morning and the same before you retire at night. I will personally assure you that it will make a difference in your condition in a short time.(perhaps a week or less and you will notice a change for the better) Your pains will diminish and your nausea will subside. Other than this, I am going to strongly urge you to visit a good urologist. Perhaps you feel that it is an expense that you cannot incurr at present. I am going to tell you it is an action that you must take regardless of expense. (there are assisted programs to help you if this is actually one of your problems). Sassy; You owe it to yourself to take care of this “Now” and not put it off. “If” your kidneys actually start to fail, expense will no longer be an equation to consider. It will be a mandantory action that you will be forced to take at that point. Please get on girl with what you know you must do. I will pray for you and hope for your best.

  40. QUESTION:
    swollen lymph node and slight kidney pain?
    Hi, Im 14 years old and im having these 2 symptoms. first off, ive had the swollen lymph node in the let side of my neck for about 8 months now. one day i just woke up with it and it hurt like hell but for only a couple days and now its just there. i went to my doctor and he said that a swollen lymph node is common in teens and to only be worried about it if it hurts or grows bigger which it hasn’t. the only trouble it gives me is i HAVE to move my neck around a LOT just because how it feels i cant explain the feeling though. well on to the next problem, 2 days ago i was in gym and we just got done stretching when i got this slight jabbing pain in my right kidney area. after gym it went away and didn’t feel it the rest of the day. then yesterday at around 1030 i got the pain again and then i had the feeling there the rest of the day but it was very slight, nothing excruciating. now again today, i have the same thing its very slight and nothing major and it doesnt hurt just sitting here only if i move like a certain direction. well i started freaking out and look up all this stuff on the internet and everything is terrible like kidney infections and stones and its bad and im freaking out now. so thats about it but i dont know if this will have anything to do with either of these symptoms but back in January 2010 i had scoliosis surgery in the top part of my back and i had a catheter. when i woke up and for the next 3 days i had a terrible sharp pain in my neck but it went away after that and my lymph node occurred approx. August 2010. well anyway i dont have any other symptoms of kidney disease like im not sick and my urine is normal and everything is just normal. i do feel tired a lot though but i think thats because i go to bed late on school nights and i wake up at 6 am so i only get like 4-6 hours of sleep a night depending on how late i go to bed at. but even on weekends i feel somewhat tired but im not weak or anything just tired. and i dont want to get personal at all but i do masturbate sort of a lot so could that end up causing urinary tract disease which could that affect the kidneys? alright well all the help will be appreciated thank you very much

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    Polycystic kidney disease?
    My blood pressure has been up and my doctor finally decided to put me on bp meds, he wants me to have some urine testing and maybe an ultrasound. What are the probabilities of me having poly cystic kidney disease and I have no symptoms and no kidney pains, Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/p/polycystic_kidney_disease/symptoms.htm – 58k

  42. QUESTION:
    First signs of kidney disease?
    I have a strong family history of kidney problems and am very concerned about developing kidney disease, especially since I have had numerous problems in the last 2 months. I just wanted to know what to look out for in the future. For anyone who has kidney disease, what were your first symptoms? Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      Well the first signs will come from blood tests, obviously, but from an observable symptom stand point here is what I experienced:

      The first sign is having to sleep more or increased fatigue. This could be brought on by the increased toxins in the blood or a decrease in your red blood cell count as a result of the failing kidneys (anemia). Loss of concentration is also a result of this.

      Swelling the in the legs is a sign that the kidneys are near their end since they can no longer keep up with removing fluids from the body.

      Frothy urine is also an early symptom. Frothy urine means you’re passing protein. If it happens periodically, it’s nothing to worry about but if it happens all the time you could have a proteinurea.

  43. QUESTION:
    Anything wrong with my kid who visits toilet frequently?
    My 10 year old daughter seems to visit the toilet quite frequently. I’ve noticed that sometimes, within an hour, she can visit the toilet twice to pass urine. I’m wondering whether is this a symptom of kidney disease or is this part of growing up. Anybody can help?

    • ANSWER:
      Well I’m a teenager and I probably use the bathroom once every hour or so. We checked if I had a urinary tract infection or something, but it was clean – small bladder, I guess!

      Check with your GP if you’re concerned, but it’s probably not a big deal, especially if she drinks a lot of fluids.

  44. QUESTION:
    could my symptoms of kidney stones dissapear just because im on antibiotics (info inside)?
    right, im 15 but i have kidney disease which causes kidney stones.

    i recently woke up with bright red urineand pain when i wee so went to the doctors and sent a sample off, in the meantime they gave me antibiotics, which (for the moment) have cleared my symptoms,, although i still have some pain.

    other symptoms that i still have are tiredness, generallyy feeling under the weather, i have chronic pain anyway but the pain seems to have gotten worse.

    in the past iv had experiences with antibiotcs stopping the symptoms for as long as im on them and then the symptoms coming back as soon as im off them.

    do you think this is an infection or a kidney stone ?

    what shall i do ?
    lol, i do kno what kidney stones are, i have experienced them 4 times..

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you have recurrent urinary tract infections but only a doctor could tell by urine analysis. Your stones could be infected too and be the reason for the recurrent infections AND the pain. Perhaps they need to be treated so the infections stop or at least slow down. Also you may need a prophylactic antibiotic (taken every day or a few times a week for an extended time).

  45. QUESTION:
    Diabetes? Kidney Disease/failure? Proteinuria? Ovarian Cyst? Something else? Any information, symptoms? Thanks
    I’ve had bad pains in my lower left side since Feb. 08 and was told it was most likely an ovarian cyst (they run in my family) I finally got an ultrasound and got the results back today: All clear! (although that doesn’t help or solve the pain!) Recently my pain has moved farther up and into my lower back at times. My doctor then informed me that I had a lot of protein in my urine and I had a lot in my urine for my Feb. 08 visit as well. She suggested I may have diabetes, kidney disease, or proteinuria and ordered blood and urine tests to be done and ordered me to stay out from work for the next week. While we’re waiting to be able to get the tests completed I’m trying to research how serious any or all of this is and what the symptoms or warnings are for each. Also, What should I be on the lookout for in an emergency situation? I read up on ovarian cyst and I’m at a loss now that it’s something completely different. How serious are these diseases? Anything is appreciated! Thanks!!
    Also, any information on what tests may be run and what to expect please let me know. I’m totally clueless on all of this and my doctor was not willing to answer many questions at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely, the proteinuria was an incidental finding — it was picked up “by accident” when your doctor did a urine dipstick test as part of the workup for the back pain.

      The kidneys (most of us are born with two) have no nerve endings, so they only cause pain when their outer covering (called the capsule) is stretched due to inflammation or swelling. That’s why most kidney diseases are silent / asymptomatic until they become quite advanced.

      The kidneys’ main function is filtering blood and getting rid of waste products (and excessive fluids) in the form of urine. Since most proteins are useful, normal-functioning kidneys will not let proteins go to waste in the urine.

      The presence of large amounts of protein in the urine (called proteinuria) is therefore a sign of kidney disease. Diabetes is the leading cause (by far) of kidney disease in North America, and can certainly cause proteinuria. However, just know that there are many other kinds of kidney diseases which also cause proteinuria.

      Sometimes even people with normal kidneys can spill proteins into the urine for a short amount of time (for example, after vigorous exercise), that’s why your doctor wanted to repeat the urine test for protein — to see if it was a one-time thing.

      More advanced tests can also be done on the urine to help determine the cause of kidney disease. For example, your doctor may want you to collect urine for 24 hours, or collect a sample after sleep while another after you’ve been up for a few hours.

      The blood tests can achieve a few things:
      1) Measure your kidney function: In moderate or severe kidney diseases, a test called “creatinine” becomes eleveated.
      2) Measure your blood sugars: People with diabetes will have high blood sugars, even after fasting overnight.
      3) Check consequences of kidney dysfunction: some minerals like potassium and phosphorus become out of balance with kidney failure
      4) Check for some specific causes of kidney diseases (although there are many many diseases with many many different tests, and often only kidney specialists called nephrologists know what test to order for which disease)

      Finally, how serious this is depends on how advanced the kidney disease is (if you have one at all). Since you haven’t had much in the way of symptoms (again, your back pain is most likely NOT related to your kidney disease), chances are your kidney diseases are still mild, in stages 1 to 3. However, some kidney diseases can progress to End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), at which point dialysis becomes needed to sustain life.

      The test results will become available in a few days. If necessary, your doctor will refer you to a kidney specialist for further management. But for now, just sit tight — no need to freak yourself out until the test results return.

      In case you are wondering, at least 10% of the population have some degree of chronic kidney disease (http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/298/17/2038), but many don’t even know it. So you are not alone!

  46. QUESTION:
    Does my dog definitely have renal (kidney) disease?
    My brother fed my dog quite a lot of grapes without knowing that their toxic to dogs. I took him to the vet yesterday and he had a blood test and urine test. He is currently showing all symptoms of renal disease such as;
    - loss of appetite (maybe he just doesn’t like the new bland food the vet introduced)
    - vomiting
    - diarrhea
    - bad breath

    I’ve had to get his urine yesterday for the test and the amount of urine production was extremely little, like drops but I think it’s alright cause there was a lot of urine this morning. His also just pees and poos where ever now, his usually toilet trained.

    Does my dog definitely have renal disease? If it’s not definite, why is he showing all the signs of it?

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Re:Chronic Kidney Disease?
    About a week ago I asked questions about Chronic Kidney Disease. I get the urine results back and it did test positive for Urinary tract, having to do with Kidney’s…Chronic Kidney Disease still a possibility. Here is my past question: I am 14 years old. I have been researching Chronic Kidney Disease on WedMd and I’ve had some of the symptoms. Such as lots of headaches, not feel hungry, nauseated…..I’ve been to the doctors twice. Only one of them a urine sample was taken. There has been some often occuring Urinary sicknesses on and off. Very uncomfortable. Anyone know anything useful. My mom says that it’s nothing, and has been putting it off. We don’t have insurance…so? The doctor suggested Texas Children’s hospital to get some tests done such as Ultrasound. If you have any information, or other diseases with such Symptoms, please answer this question, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Honey I’m a nurse and kidney infections are very common. Especially if your sexually active. When the urine test came back what did it reveal? There must be a free clinic somewhere where you live. Your mother has to be able to get you insurance threw the state If you are unable to get on one or your parents. Get a full physical including a pap test and blood work w/ a CBC w/ Diff. I’m sure your just fine.

  48. QUESTION:
    Chronic Kidney Disease?
    I am 14 years old. I have been researching Chronic Kidney Disease on WedMd and I’ve had some of the symptooms. Such as lots of headaches, not feel hungry, nauseated…..I’ve been to the doctors twice. Only one of them a urine sample was taken. There has been some often occuring Urinary sicknesses on and off. Very unconfortable. Anyone know anything useful. My mom says that it’s nothing, and has been putting it off. We don’t have insurance…so? The doctor suggested Texas Children’s hospital to get some tests done such as Ultrasound. If you have any information, or other diseases with such Symptoms, please answer this question, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I have Polycystic Kidney Disease and I am on dialysis. You are very young and your doctor should be checking your protein levels because you say you have headaches and don’t feel hungry at times. You are nauseous because your kidneys are possibly shutting down since they are not able to rid your body of toxins. Taking a urine sample does not tell the whole story. You may need a complete CT scan to see what’s going on with your kidneys. If you do indeed have a kidney problem, Medicaid will be able to assist you. Kidney disease has a lot of other symptoms, but because you have headaches, you may want to check your blood pressure more frequently, since high blood pressure is a side effect of kidneys not working properly. Go to a good urologist. Don’t hesitate. In the meantime, eat cranberries or drink the juice.

  49. QUESTION:
    What kind of disease can these symptoms come from.?
    I have redness in the back of the throat, frequent break-out of hives, change in urinating habits: using the bathroom alot when trying to sleep, reduce to little to no wax in the ear, more than usual mucus build up in the eyes and weight lost. Note i’ve had an HIV and cancer test for the past 2yrs and both were negative. Check for kidney effection, throat culture, high sugar what have all negative. So what can this disease be???????

    • ANSWER:
      There is not enough information to diagnose. Age, weight, medical history, allergies, medications? Come on get real.

      Frequent break outs of hives indicates recurrent exposure to an allergen. What medication are you using to get rid of the hives? Mucous build up in the eyes is not normal at all so “more than usual”? Weight loss? Are you eating? How much weight loss? You say you had a “HIV and cancer test for the past 2 yrs?” How do you do that? You either had one 2 years ago or once a year for the past 2 years. And why would you be concerned about HIV? Do you have a lifestyle that is high risk? You sound like you have an eye infection, are allergic to something that you keep coming in contact with, and dehydration. It doesn’t sound like you have a disease.

  50. QUESTION:
    Early signs of kidney disease?
    I already asked this question once, but I need more answers. I’m 24 years old and lately I have been really worried that I’m developing kidney disease. I have a strong family history of kidney problems and have had a lot of problems myself in the last 2 months. In the last 2 months, I have had a UTI, a kidney stone removed, and 2 kidney infections. I also had a CAT scan a week and a half ago and was told that my left kidney looked pretty swollen. The symptoms I’ve had for the last 2 months are: noticeable blood in my urine, bubbly or foamy looking urine, severe pain in my left side which radiates to my back, nausea almost all the time, weight loss, feeling cold all the time, very itchy skin, craving more salty foods and feeling worn out all the time even when I haven’t done anything. I have read a little bit about kidney disease and have read that all of these things can be symptoms. I’m worried that with my family history and all of these symptoms that I might be developing kidney disease. I do have a follow-up appointment with my urologist next week. I plan to ask him about all of this since none of it is getting better. If anyone has any experience with kidney disease, what were your first symptoms? Does this sound like kidney disease or could it be something else? I would really appreciate any personal experiences or advice. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      im sorry to say that blood in urine + protein in urine is a marker for kidney damage of some sort. Flank pain + itchy skins pretty much nails it. I also have kidney problems. Weight loss comes from the foamy urine. foam comes from the protein loss in the urine. Feeling cold from low hemoglobin. From all the symptoms you described i am 100% sure something is wrong with your kidneys. But there are many conditions that can cause kidney damage. I dont know if your symptoms is caused by a disease or damage from infection/stones. Dont get too sad if you have kidney disease. There are many ways which you can decrease the progression rate such as: 1)to limit your protein intake while increasing carbs, 2) lower salty food intakes, 3) exercise + healthy diet (people with renal disease usually die from heart problems rather than kidney failure), 4) use of medications such as ace inhibitors (decreases pressure in kidney vascular system). and more.


Tests For Kidneys

Before we discuss Kidney Function Tests, in medical terms Renal Function Tests (a 00004000 nd it is always a good practice to use appropriate term instead of layman’s term), it is important to know why do we perform these tests. As we know kidney is one of a vital organ of humanbody and performs at least 4 functions:
1-Excretory Functions: Helps in excretion of waste products and drugs.
2-Regulatory Functions: Controls body fluid volume and composition.
3-Endocrine Functions: Produces erythropoietin, rennin and prostaglandins.
4-Metabolic Functions: Metabolizes Vitamin D and small-molecular-weight proteins.
So, now we know the real importance of a healthy kidney. But what if something wrong happens to this vital organ, then by which means we are going to assess its functions?The answer lies in the renal function tests, which tell us about the overall status of kidney’s functions.There are 3 major renal function tests, which we would be discussing below one by one:

1-Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR)
The GFR provides a useful index of overall renal function. It measures the amount of plasma ultra filtered across the glomerular capillaries and correlates well with the ability of the kidneys to filter fluids and various substances. Daily GFR is in the range of 100-120 ml/min.
A low GFR is an evidence of serious progressive renal disease and indicates a decrease in total functioning renal mass. The GFR reduces in both acute and chronic renal failure.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Do they test your blood for kidney tests?
    I did something really stupid and smoked pot a couple days ago. I have an exam on Wednesday for my kidneys and I have an ultrasound scheduled, the original problem showed up on a bone scan. So I am wondering do they usually test your blood for these kinds of things, and if so will anything show what I did or does it have to be a blood test for that to show?

    • ANSWER:
      well if you are going for an ultrasound they won’t be doing any blood tests. unless they find something when they look at you kidneys that would make them want to do a blood test.
      and they wouldn’t be looking for pot in the blood test but if they did find pot in your system why does it matter? they aren’t going ot call the cops or tell anyone. they took an oath and they can’t tell anyone anything about your health if you don’t want them to.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why would an old westie develope a terrible thirst? Blood tests for liver & kidneys are fine & not diabetic?
    He drinks about 6pints a day, and asks for more water when he drinks all in his dish. It is worst in the evening, and he has at least one accident each evening, even letting him out 4 or 5 times during the evening. All tests from the Vets are coming back negative, no one seems to know what is happening.

    • ANSWER:
      st.lady mentioned cushings and having some knowledge of cushings, yes your dog can develop a huge thirst from that. However, there would most likely be other symptoms as well. How old is the dog? Is the dog a guts, is the dog overweight? Does he have itchy skin or pimples, little non cancerous tumours, flakey skin? skin conditions are also linked with cushings. Cushings dogs don’t seem sick, they are bright and happy normal dogs, but they tend to want to eat and eat and drink and drink. and then of course… go to the toilet and go to the toilet. Have another chat with your vet and if that doesn’t help, I’d start shopping around. Oh yeah and another thing. cushings usually occurs in older dogs. Problem with cushings is that it’s hard to diagnose. They can display heaps of symptoms but tests will come back negative. Sometimes it takes perseverence. Search for cushings in wiki and take a look at case studies if you want to have an idea of how hard it is to diagnose. The other thing is that cushings causes other related conditions too. Definitely take your boy back to the vet.

  3. QUESTION:
    Tests on kidneys but calcium and phosperous out of wack so what could cause this?
    Had a bad test result on my kidneys ONCE. They checked again in a month and again later and everything is fine. Now the kidney guy says I dont need to see him but says my results for my calcium and phosperous are high which he says should not be because it is usually associated with kidney disease which I do not have. So hes sending me back to the doctor.

    Okay. I eat well. Lot of rice and wheat bread. Like my fish and nuts. No smoking. Rarely a drink and work out consistently. (Pretty much every day in some form or another) I have SVT and minor mitral valve prolaps e but dont take meds.

    Is there something that I could be doing? is there something that I could get them to check because they are at a loss. I will hopefully starting school in July and dont need this insanity.

    I

    • ANSWER:
      If the SVT and valve problems are giving you any degree of high BP over 125/75 I would get on ACE inhibitors depending on your age ASAP simply to go for maximum life expectancy.
      GFR is the acid test though.

  4. QUESTION:
    Why do the doctor have to do so many tests when a child has a fever?
    My friend’s 2yr old daughter started with a fever on Tues and ended up admitting her in the hospital for dehydration, however they have been running test after test and it’s coming back negative. As of today she has a low grade fever and is doing better but they want to do a kidney test and a echo test on her heart. Any reason as to why they have to do these tests? I’m just worried for my friend and her daughter. Has this happened to any ones child?

    A worried Friend

    • ANSWER:
      Kids don’t present the same way as adults, and they’re really tough to truly assess where the infection is coming from, especially because they’re not very verbal.

      That’s why we look for every source of infection possible with a child with a recurrent fever/illness. Whether it be in the kidneys, the heart, in the brain fluid, in the chest/lungs, in the skin, in the bones/joints, doctors tend to search hard with tests in kids because it’s harder to pinpoint the cause.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can I get tests for kidney or urinary problems while I have my period?
    I really don’t want to wait until next week to go to the doctor. Can I be tested even though I have my period?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can. They test for bacteria in the urine. So even if there is blood in your urine bc of your period they will still know because of the bacteria and any other symptoms you are having. Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    What do they check for from urine tests?
    I was having lower back pain and sometimes my urine cycle was off.
    So i went to the doctor and they asked for a urine sample.
    I was curious on what all they test for?
    Kidney/bladder infection? Pregnancy? Just curious is all.

    • ANSWER:
      They look for protein, bacteria, and traces of blood to show if you have an infection. If there is any reason to, they’ll do another test for pregnancy. If you do have an infection, they’ll do a culture and sensitivity test to see what kind of bacteria you have, and what antibiotics it responds to.

  7. QUESTION:
    Kidney tests slightly elevated. Any reason for concern?
    The doctor says “the kidney tests are slightly elevated, therefore I recommend that you increase your water intake”. Is this cause for alarm – should I call the doctor on Monday and get more info? Or should I just increase my water intake and wait to talk with him on my next visit?

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    When the take urine in a physical to test your kidneys what all do they check for?
    I took the U.A. portion 3 days ago and I have to sign all this stuff to give them permission so can they test it again??

    • ANSWER:
      In the urine general exam they check if you don’t have an infection in the kidneys or in the urinary system. They can know it because the lab reports cells (red blood cells, white blood cells) which appear in urine when an infection is present. It also report presence or absence of bacteria, cylinders (when the infection is in the kidney). Also, it gives a general idea of the renal function, due to presence or absence of proteins and its concentration (which may suggest nephritic syndrome, nephrotic syndrome or renal failure). Finally, it reports presence of blood (which may suggest some inflammatory diseases or cancer) and uric acid.
      An urinary test is not for absolute diagnosis, but it gives a general idea of the general state of health.

  9. QUESTION:
    blood tests results?
    ive had really itchy skin for a while and i went to the drs and i got bloodwork done.liver tests,kidney tests,diabetes,thyroid,and to check for infection i think.i just called about my results and they said some of my levels were high and some were low.im waiting for a nurse to call me back and tell me what was what but im bugging out so badddddd im only 26 and im scared im dying.does any1 know what could be wrong?
    they also tested for cholesterol.i was suppose to fast for 10 hours and only have water all i had was some coffee with sugar in it
    i forgot to mention i have had kidney stones before i dont know if this would matter

    • ANSWER:
      wait for the actual results. doubt youre dying

  10. QUESTION:
    Will medicare pick up the cost of blood tests for kidney function evaluation?

    • ANSWER:
      Medicare will pick up 80% of the cost AFTER you’ve paid the 1 part B deductible. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan the test will have a [FAQ-ANSWER] to co-pay with most plans. If you have a medicare supplement you will pay nothing.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have a sick cat. 13 years old, loss appetite, loss of weight, lethargic. Blood work and test show kidneys fi?
    fine, rbc count fine. Only elevated white blood count at 20,000. Are we looking at antibiotics and anti-inflamatory for infection of possibility of cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      At 13 years old it could be a wide range of issues. I suggest you just wait to see what the vet finds out.

  12. QUESTION:
    I dont have insurance, how much money does it cost to get kidneys tested for an infection?

    • ANSWER:
      It shouldnt cost that much because it is only a urine test so its gonna be between 70-90 dollars for the doctor visit or you can just find a free clinic they miight be able to help you either way get it checked kidney infections are very serious and can spread to the bladder and or blood and cause problems alot worst then just your average kidney infection until you can get to the doctor drink lots of cranberry juice to flush out your system good luck

  13. QUESTION:
    Is chemotherapy used only for cancer treatment?
    My father in law is in hospital poorly and has had bone marrow tests, kidney biopsy and has been told he has an infection in his blood. He is to start receiving chemotherapy and has just started intraveneous steroids. We are told not to worry it is not cancer but I assumed chemo was only used for cancer, can anyone else help? Kathy.

    • ANSWER:
      No it has other uses. Chemotherapy will suppress the immune system so the medications needed can eradicate the infection properly and have the full effect.

  14. QUESTION:
    hi can anyone tell me if you get a dye scan for kidneys, then blood tests 6 days later for thyroid?
    [under active], could this dye affect the blood test readings . serious answers only please.thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The dye would have no effect on the thyroid function tests.

  15. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for kidneys to suffer a breakdown?
    Hi I’m an 18 year old diabetic guy. I had got my kidney tests done around 4-5 months ago and it turned out fine. The thing is that I’ve not been taking notice of my blood sugar for quite sometime now and have been eating sweets. When I checked once or twice it indicated very high sugar levels. My activities are limited to 0 nowadays. So is it possible that my kidneys have suffered a breakdown? I face only one of the symptoms that my body itches constantly. It used to happen before also but used to go away as soon as I took anti-histamines but now it doesn’t seem to be working. When I told my parents they said I’m just suspicious and blowing it all up and it could be a simple case of allergy. My right heel also hurts but that could be because of a recent fracture that I suffered in the right leg. So please guys help me…

    • ANSWER:
      a dood go to a diabitologist.. he shall guide u wel instead of people .. and dont u worry u shall be fine

  16. QUESTION:
    How does a Hydroscan test of a furnace heat exchanger work?
    Checked online, but the first entries were for gall bladder, liver and kidney tests related to a HIDA test.

    Supposedly it helps find microcracks in the heat exchanger.

    • ANSWER:
      Hydro scan test is water to see if there is the right moisture in the air.

  17. QUESTION:
    Will the depo-provera shot show up on urine/blood tests for kidney failure?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope.

      In general, for something to show up on a test, it has to be specifically tested for.

  18. QUESTION:
    Depo-Provera shot- Will it show on urine/blood tests for kidney failure?

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    What could be the reasons for frequent blood pressure fluctuations?
    What could be the reason for frequent blood pressure fluctuations and nose-bleeding? All tests (heart,kidneys etc) are normal. Is it in any way dangerous? Please advise. Any treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood pressure is a measurement of the force applied to the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood through the body. The pressure is determined by the force and amount of blood pumped, and the size and flexibility of the arteries.
      Blood pressure is continually changing depending on activity, temperature, diet, emotional state, posture, physical state, and medication use.
      Epistaxis is nose bleeding. Bleeding can range from a trickle to a strong flow, and the consequences can range from a minor annoyance to life-threatening hemorrhage. Swallowed blood is a gastric irritant, so patients also may describe vomiting blood.

  20. QUESTION:
    If you have a problem with one of your kidneys, will the blood tests show that there is a problem?
    I am just wondering if you have a problem with one kidney, would blood tests show up normal. I am wondering because most people live normal lives on only one kidney so would that make the blood tests come up normal. I have had a back pain that is more on my left side then right….i have had this for 3 years more of a stiff burning pain but has been getting more sharp. I also have urinary symptoms. Also when i push on my abdomen near my belly button to the left side it hurts…my doctor says i am depressed but i don’t think i am. Can depression cause this?

    • ANSWER:
      a urine test will tell if you a problem with one of your kidneys

  21. QUESTION:
    I’m scared my kidneys are going to fail. help.?
    For the second time in 1-2 months, I have a severe kidney infection.
    I’m only 16. female.
    Although it started as a UTI. It never burned to urinate or anything, I was never in pain until it was too late and was going up into my kidney.

    It started as severe pain, the same day i went to the doctor, and they tested my urine and found 5 different kids of bacteria, and puss, and blood. My doctor was very upset, saying there is no way this could happen so often unless I was older or was pregnant at some point.

    They actually wanted to run full kidney tests. I don’t have insurance . So that cant happen.

    I have now been taking my medicine for 6 days, the problems are escalating. It started with just pain in my left side. Now i have the pain in my left side, a burning sensation going up my back, pounding heartbeat, chest pains, almost my whole body is just tender to touch, i have very bad dizziness and i feel very week, I have now had to take 4 days off work, and haven’t done anything , and its still getting worst.

    I’m starting to get very worried, should I be worried? please give me your opinions.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    will hepatitis’s strains be noticed through blood tests for kidney and liver functions?

    • ANSWER:
      NO ,thats a seperate test ,LIVER AND RENAL FUNCTION TESTS are for enzymes and activity of function they dont include viral and infectious screening

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I find a doctor who is knowledgeable in Lyme disease in the Pulaski, Ny area?
    I have had a host of issues for over a month…aches, pains, loss of appetite, sleep loss, belly issues and a rash in one area of my body for a month. My doc has sent me to have kidney tests, gallbladder scans, x rays and blood work..so, I reluctant to trust my primary. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    My cat is weeing blood but it is not an infection – what could it be?
    My cat has a lot of blood in it’s urine – the colour is almost black. Kidney tests say Kidney is functioning normally, urine test say no infections only blood and protein. Anitibotics did not help. Vet is unsure what the problem is. Cat is fine and happy, not showing any signs of illness. He eats spiders, insects and maybe small snakes and lizards – could these be causing the blood in his urine – there is no blood in his poop. He has had this problem for months.

    • ANSWER:
      Take to another VET or have an ultrasound done!
      ASAP!

      If tests results POSITIVELY show NO infection, OR crystals/stones (FUS),.. then a growth or mass could be in bladder wall.

      IT happened to my dear dog,.. only an ultrasound showed up a cancer in her urinary tract. She too was peeing straight pure blood.
      PLEASE either have vet re-evaluate or go to another!!!

      Gd. luck.

  25. QUESTION:
    all symptoms point towards kidney failure, but tests coming back fine? confusion, left lower back pain,fatiuge?
    [I will give all the points I can to the best answer]

    For about 5 months i have been having bad pains on my lower left back, (comes and goes) below rib cage and sometimes when breathing in it hurts even more (to the point where i cant take full deep breaths)

    i also have been having trouble urinating for a few months, its like i REALLY have to go, but then barely any urine comes out, and then almost immediately, i have to go urinate again. it hesitates to come out.

    i have had kidney tests & urine tests done, but they have come back negative for problems.
    (i had surgery when i was 12 in 2002, a retrograde urethrogram cysto / incision of uretheral valve)

    I’m a pretty active, healthy 20 year old male otherwise.

    But for the last week, i have been feeling very tired, confused, I’m losing my train of thought and getting very tired after being up for 11 or 12 hours to the point where I have to lay down or my head starts to hurt.

    I went to the doctor again today and they took urine, it came back normal. They took blood tests for creatine levels, B12 & something else, but I have a feeling they will come back normal as they have in the past. if they do come back normal, can anyone shed any light on what may be going on?

    I have started eating healthy, I do not drink ANY alcohol or smoke cigarettes/take no street drugs etc.
    Any direction would be GREATLY appreciated, thanks. -
    it was actually a few different doctors, between urgent cares / ER visits when things got really bad,

    how did they find out it was a disc problem? was there a certain test or specialist you saw? thanks for the info, have a good weekend -

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Does marijuana show up in a urine test for problems with kidneys?
    Honestly not for me but a friend has something wrong with her kidneys so she has to take a urine test to be sure, but will the marijuana show up?

    • ANSWER:
      marijuana stays in your system for about a month but i wouldn’t worry about it. they wont turn her in for smoking marijuana. they are doctors not the police.

  27. QUESTION:
    for last 2 months developed swelling and puffiness on the left eye. Kidney tests normal. What can be the issue

    • ANSWER:
      check out “stye” on the eyelid. I have had several of these and they are very painful. It is just a clogged pore that gets infected like a pimple.

      Could be true.

  28. QUESTION:
    causes of recurring pain (approx every 24hrs)in right side all tests and scans clear.(female 26yrs)?
    The pain is there most of the time but seems to spasm very severely at 24 hr intervals approx. but time between can vary.Only strong drugs can dull the pain. All kidney tests have shown clear although this pain started shortly after a kidney infection.She also had her gall bladder removed about 8 years ago.I cannot emphasis how severe this pain is.It has now been going for 8 weeks and half that time has been spent in hospital.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      Perhaps it could be adhesions from past surgery. i have recently been reading about the scar tissue that can form after surgery and can somehow attach tissue to bowel or other internal organs or internal walls. Im sorry I do not know a lot about it but perhaps it would be worth looking up.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have a blocked kidney artery if I have good kidney function?
    Im getting tested to find out why i have high blood pressure, my doctor thinks it may be because one of my kidney artery is partially blocked but my tests for kidney function came back great and he didnt hear any sounds. I really dont want to have to get my kidney artery dilated, if my kidney function is good is that a sign it may not be that?

    • ANSWER:
      Your kidney function can show perfectly normal with only ONE kidney working properly…it is better to get it tested…..always safer to know for sure.

  30. QUESTION:
    Will my kidneys and liver be effected by how much naproxen I am taking?
    Hey everyone,

    Every month, every other month or when ever my body decides to, I have my menses and they are incredibly painful (cramps). I have cystic ovaries, and from my understanding, that is the main cause of the cramps being so severe.

    Anyyyyy who….
    I’ve had painful cramps since I was 10 and have been on quite a few different medicines for them and for the last year or two, I have been sticking with naproxen. It’s prescription, but I doubt it makes a difference from over the counter drugs. The pills are 500mg, and I take 2 or 3 per time I take them usually twice or three times a day. So, the amount of pills I take in is anywhere from 4-9 a day for the first two days of menses, then the last day. So three.

    I also take Arthritis Tylenol for migraines, as i’ve gotten too used to the other meds (exedrin, midrin, and something else idk) I forgot to take some steroids that will reduce the swelling in my brain and help the migraines and now i’m afraid to take them without going to a doctor for monitoring, so i’m stuck with the migraines and will have to take meds a lot for them.

    My mom has kidney failure of bother her kidneys and she now has a third kidney in the front and all his well (kinda…), but she has beeing warning me like crazy that all these meds are going to kill my kidneys and liver, but I want to know how serious the problem is. I mean I do take a lot, but i’ve been trying hard to lay off pills for my migraines, and instead trying to go to sleep. But sometimes I give in. So I guess most of my issues are with the cramps, but I don’t always get my menses, so I don’t think there is too much of a problem at the moment.

    But now i’m a bit worried, should I go to get my liver and kidneys tested for toxins or something? What if I went to a homeopathic pharmacy and got some herbs that flush the liver and kidneys and help to rebuild them, would that be well enough for me to continue taking meds if I need them?

    Thanks everyone, hope everyone is enjoying their Father’s Day! : )
    Oh man, my spelling is appalling! Please ignore…thanks!
    Oh man, my spelling is appalling! Please ignore…thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Even though it is only 3 days out of the month, that is a MASSIVE dose of naproxen. 500mg is the maximum safe dose. You are harming your kidneys much more than your liver. It can cause bleeding and clotting disorders also. WOW! You need to see a doctor.

  31. QUESTION:
    I have mysterious pain in my kidneys area, but all tests are ok, any suggestions?
    I’m a 35 year old male. I have a severe and very hard pain in my kidneys area (both front & back), it became very frequent in the last 3 months. It is also associated with a very disturbing hypertension, when at peak my BP reaches 160/110 (and I do have BP of 140/95 or more most of the time), and also occasional nausea and dizziness. I have done every test the doctors asked me to including x rays, ultrasound, and CT scan, I also had an endoscopy to check the colon, nothing’s wrong there. I have been to 5 doctors, all of them said my tests are ok and there is absolutely nothing wrong with my colon, kidneys, bladder, prostate, testicles (not even a kidney stone). I still have this pain and it really changed my lifestyle. I can’t work anymore or make money, I rarely go out of home, because I always feel I lack energy, I am always tired and I just wanna lay down, and my sex drive is down significantly, I failed to get an erection on several occasions. I feel as if the pain is a wire connecting the area from my left kidney down to the left testicle, which gets elevated sometimes.

    I am very sad and I don’t know what to do.

    Can you please tell me what to do, are any other suggestions? Could this severe (life changing) pain & hypertension be caused by another/other reason(s) aside from kidneys? What suggestions do you have, and what tests are needed to verify them?

    No words can describe how thankful I will be to anyone who helps me get my normal life back.
    Here is my email if you want to contact me: MarjiFX@yahoo.com

    Here is a summary of my symptoms:

    1.Pain in my left kidney area (both front & back).
    2.Hypertension that peaks at 160/110 and most of the time is 140/95 or above.
    3.The pain is like a wire that connects from the left kidney down to the left testicle, I do feel the pain in my left testicle which gets elevated sometimes (during the pain only).
    4.Enormous deduction in sex drive, and erection failure on several occasions, which is a problem I never had prior to the last few months.
    5.Continuous lack of energy, and the feeling that I just wanna lie down and do nothing.
    6.Occasional nausea and dizziness.

    Thank you very much for your kind help.

    • ANSWER:
      Time to go to a cardiologist. Make the appointment as soon as you can.

  32. QUESTION:
    As per my untrasound report, both kidneys are normal. Should I also go for Kidney Function Test ?
    i have fatty liver Grade-II and facing acute indigestion problem these days.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    can a gp do the following tests ?
    can a gp do the following tests and is there normally a fee and what is the process for each test
    1)Hormonal test
    2)a standard full set Lipid profile, 3)a Liver Panel
    4)a blood test
    5)a kidney test
    6)a mineral test
    can a gp do the following blood tests and is there a fee
    1)Hormonal test
    2)a standard full set Lipid profile
    3)a Liver Panel
    4)a blood test
    5)a kidney test
    6)a mineral test
    its to check after taking a supplement

    • ANSWER:
      in the UK…you will need to be referred to a hospital for these tests…and the GP will not refer you if he thinks it is a tedious whim of yours….there has to be serious medical reasons for the hospital to use their resources on you with these tests.

      you could go private though….NHS is only for those in dire need. hope this helps.

  34. QUESTION:
    my doctor did not do any tests or refer me – my mind is racing – im sat here isolated & worried – help ?
    if been to my gp ( doctors ) this morning, over this symptom, and he told me id had urology and kidney tests done over a month ago which came back clear, and that hes not concerned about the specific symptom i came with this morning , and he expects it to just go away on its own…

    and if it doesnt, to come back in about 4 weeks to get it checked out.

    the symptom i went with was this :

    im getting pulling pains and shooting pains recently in my pelvis and pubic area to, especially if i masturbate. also its there when i dont masturbate – if had this symptom over weeks now.

    and in general this is my situation :

    im 30 , had a tough life, have BPD and ptsd, i live in a one bedroom apartment on disability, owning nothing cept a computer , i wait for group therapy, i have missed out on ever being employed , gaining qualifications, missed out on forming relationships because of low self esteem and social problems……. i have a minor criminal record and psychiatric one, and i have a few health worries right now ..

    i have cracked , fissured , torn skin covering the head of my penis, the sexual health clinic said test were clear, the dermatologist said there was NO skin disorder , but admitted the skin was cracked and fissured, they to a swab – it came back clear, the dermatologist said she didnt no what caused the cracked skin or whether it could be cleared or not, they took photos for another opinion in London, to be sent there , the dermatologist reported back and said it looked normal for me – i said i still wasnt happy and wanted a 3rd opinion , so now im waiting to see a professor.

    i was told the cracked skin could be due to excessive masturbation over 12 times everyday for as long as i can remember.

    there not sore, or cut or bruised or open wounds , its just the skin is simply cracked and torn.

    im getting pulling pains and shooting pains recently in my pelvis to, especially if i masturbate.

    i have an injured left ankle due to a bad sprain years ago when i ran accross a meadow, ive torn the ligaments, the MR scan pictures came back unclear , i was told i will need my ankle operated on – the ankle it very weak to, easily twists and i fall over.

    i only have an average sized penis , just about 6 inch, and the head of my penis is NOT a big mushroom shaped like most guys ive seen pictures of.

    so i have a few things going on health wise, im getting a 3rd opinion from a professor about the cracked skin on my penis head , although he said he was reluctant to do so….because ive seen a dermatologist who said there was no skin disorder..

    now hes turned me away about the pulling, shooting pains in my pubic area when i masturbate, and that are present when i dont…

    what do i do ? is he right ? am i worrying unecessarily ?

    • ANSWER:
      Have to ever heard of the word “hypochondriac”.. if you haven’t then use your computer to check it up. I think that is what you are.

      I bet the cracked skin on your penis head is caused from excessive wanking. Reduce your masturbation session considerably and chances that your cracked knob will heal. Get out and go for walks etc and you wont feel the need to wank so much… I would guess from the tone of your narrative you stay in and also watch porn, that would explain 12 wanks per day… no wonder you get shooting, pulling pain in your pelvis and pubic region.

      Obviously, the doctors wont be able to do much for you until you do something for yourself. You cannot expect anybody to help you, including the professionals, without you helping yourself.

      Go out, socialise, meet people and make friends, join groups etc and you will find things start to improve. Less masturbating and I am sure your pelvic/groin pain will slowly go away.

      You are a grown man, stop comparing your penis with what you see on porn films, they are not your average penises anyway, that’s why they are porn stars. Everybody is made different. You need to get yourself a life mate and stop worrying unnecessarily.

      Good luck

  35. QUESTION:
    will drugs show up on blood test?
    the blood test they’re doing me is a full liver panel, celiac disease test, kidney panel and some other things that i guess are routine like cholesterol, red cells, etc.
    it doesnt say “toxicology” or anything like that and in previous tests the results didnt say anything about any drug.
    im kinda freaking out because i did coke and some pills about 3 days earlier.
    will drugs show up even if they ae not specifically looking for them?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on your doctor and your insurance. I recently found out that with every urinalysis that I have done, they routinely do a toxicology screen. I discovered it by accident when my doctor accidentally mailed me her copy of my lab results instead of the copy I was supposed to have received. When she corrected the error and mailed me my copy, the drug screen wasn’t even mentioned on it. I asked her about it and that’s when she said it was routine. As for blood tests, I’m not sure if they do that or not. And honestly, I’d never heard of a toxicology report being routine with a urinalysis, and I’m a nurse. So I don’t know if my doctor was feeding me a line of crap or if she was being truthful.

      In any event, it takes 3 days for drugs to leave your system. As long as it’s been 3 days since you’ve done any drugs before you had the blood drawn, they shouldn’t be able to trace it.

      Now, if you were to go in for a drug screen where they take a clip of your hair, then you’re in trouble. They can detect drugs back for years, depending on the length of your hair. Every inch of hair is equal to one month of time.

      And, lastly, for the bigger question, if you’re having liver and/or kidney problems, why on earth are you doing drugs? Do you have a death wish? You should really back off of the drugs entirely to find out what’s going on with you. Good luck and take care of yourself!

  36. QUESTION:
    Have you taken “activated Vitamin D ” for parathyroid problems caused by chronic kidney disease?
    My doctor says I will probably need to start taking it in 6 months but I am concerned about it’s side effects short term and long term. Do you know what the risks of not taking it are? My kidneys are 50% damaged from many years of taking lithium which I no longer take. My kidney tests have been stable for the past year or so. However my PTH levels are getting higher for my parathyroid.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi have copied and pasted some information for you. I have also included the link, if it does not work, type in “activated vitamin D for kidney disease” and you will find a few links about this condition.

      Hope this helps and good luck.

      Vitamin D And…kidney Disease? The Hidden Connection With Serious Consequences

      You may know that the sun and certain foods are good sources of vitamin D. But did you know that due to chronic kidney disease, millions of Americans can’t convert the form of vitamin D produced by the sun or found in food and over-the-counter vitamins into the active form of vitamin D used by the body? This means that even if you’re taking vitamin D pills, getting adequate sunlight or eating foods rich in vitamin D, your bones and organs may be at risk due to a deficiency in “active” vitamin D.

      Chronic Kidney Disease

      Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition in which kidney function slows and the kidneys stop doing critical jobs such as filtering toxins from the bloodstream.

      The severity of CKD is classified in stages, with stage 5, also known as kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), being the most severe. Patients with ESRD require dialysis, a procedure where several times a week for several hours their bloodstream is routed through a machine that filters toxins.

      40 million Americans with

      or at risk for chronic

      kidney disease

      Early-stage CKD-before dialysis is necessary-is often undetected and can worsen with declines in kidney function.

      According to the National Kidney Foundation, 20 million Americans-1 in 9-have CKD and another 20 million are at increased risk.

      So what does CKD have to do with vitamin D, let alone

      your bones?

      Before the body can use vitamin D, it has to be “activated.” Inactive vitamin D-the vitamin D you get in the form of over-the-counter pills, food or sunlight-is activated by two steps, one in the liver and the other in the kidneys.

      Then, much like a key fits into a car ignition and starts the engine, activated vitamin D fits into vitamin D receptors located in numerous tissues and systems throughout the body and triggers processes that help maintain bone, the heart, the immune system and so on.

      For people with CKD, however, their kidneys’ ability to activate adequate amounts of vitamin D deteriorates as their overall kidney function decreases. In fact, people with kidney disease may eventually lose the ability to activate vitamin D altogether.

      Secondary

      hyperparathyroidism

      When levels of active vitamin D are low or inadequate within the body, a serious complication of CKD called secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) can occur. SHPT can lead to a wide range of problems, including damage to bones and many vital organs.

      How is SHPT prevented

      and treated?

      When CKD and SHPT are detected early, the conditions may be managed and disease progression may be slowed.

      Remember, people with stage 3 or 4 CKD who develop SHPT cannot convert vitamin D into its active form within their own kidneys. Experts suggest that these patients with stage 3 or 4 CKD and SHPT take an activated form of vitamin D medication-which is available only by prescription-to correct their vitamin D deficiency and thereby treat SHPT. Managing SHPT lowers risk for bone loss or fracture, cardiac complications and dangerous mineral and hormonal imbalances.
      By: Wade Gibson

  37. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had to have their pets kidney’s flushed because of the pet food recall?
    My 7 month old Maltese was eating the Nutro Natural Choice pouches and she started having symptoms of a kidney infection (excessive drinking & urination & straining to urinate). I took her to the vet for a blood test and her kidneys test was abnormal and they put her in the hopsital for 4 days on an IV to flush her kidneys. Thank goodness she is ok now, I am picking her up tonight but I wanted to see if anyone with the same experience was taking legal action or at least submitting the vet bill for reimbursement. I am just wondering if it is worth it or not, I am just grateful that the outcome was not fatal but at the same time think that someone should take some accountability for this and at least pay the expenses.

    • ANSWER:
      So sorry to hear about your Maltese, but delighted that she has pulled through. I have one dog and two cats who eat the pouched meals. The dog hardly eats any of it, but my Ragdoll cat devours it. I’m very fortunate that none of my pets have shown any signs of Kidney failure.

      I did hear that Menu Foods would pay for all related Vet costs, but this is a struggling company, so it’s uncertain if they will honor their words. I don’t know if they would be able to file for bankruptcy or Chapter 11 in Canada, but it they do that in the USA, there would be a possibility that no one would get anything. Only time will tell.

      I have attached two web sites regarding the food recall as I thought they might help you.

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070324.wxmenufoods24/BNStory/Business/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20070324.wxmenufoods24

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/MenuFoodsClassAction/

  38. QUESTION:
    how can i test my liver and kidneys to see if they are in good health?
    i drink quite heavily.. especially now in the summer. im a bit worried about my organs because i’ve been noticing less amounts of urine for the past 2 days. how can i check them out?
    my pee is always light colored. never dark.. but it kind of froths up when i pee standing up.. when it hits the water.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are worried, then go to your doctor and get some liver and kidney function blood work done to see if they have been affected by your heavy drinking. Your pee sounds normal and the frothing up is nothing but gravity since you are doing it from a distance dear. Amounts of pee will vary depending on how much your body is using at the time. Being it is hot summer, your body does use more fluids to function. Better watch the heavy drinking long term. I had a liver transplant from an autoimmune disease years ago and you never want to have to get one of those. They don’t give them to active alcoholics anyway. I saw a lot of alcoholics trying to get one.

  39. QUESTION:
    How long does it normally take to get bloodwork results back?
    I’m just getting some routine bloodwork done with some additional tests for kidney function as I’ve been getting a lot of bruising lately. I forget how long it takes to get the result – when I had mono a couple years ago, they called that night to let me know. But if everything checks out, they just send a form in the mail saying that. I just forget how long it takes. What is the normal procedure? I know I should’ve asked at the clinic, but needles sort of freak me out, and I was focused on that. I’m not really that worried, but I’ve been feeling very tired lately, and want to know the cause. If something comes up abnormal, even if it is not really serious, they should still call me, right? Also, even I wasn’t tested for things like anemia and mono for example, would it be possibe to tell from the other tests if I have them? I feel sorta monoey and I’ve heard that once you have mono you can have a reoccurrence.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on whether the test were done right there in the office or whether they needed to be sent out for a special lab to perform… generally, if they are done in the office or hospital, the results should be ready either same day or at least by the next day… that doesn’t mean that they will notify you with the results that day…however, if the tests had a result that was way off, someone should let you know pretty fast so that you can start receiving treatment right away… hope this helps and good luck..

  40. QUESTION:
    Any pre-conditions for doing the tests for albumin and creatinine in kidney function tests ?
    for instance, empty stomach before taking blood sample?

    • ANSWER:
      Albumin:
      Certain drugs increase albumin in your blood, including anabolic steroids, androgens, growth hormones, and insulin.
      If you are receiving large amounts of intravenous fluids, the results of this test may be inaccurate
      Creatinine:
      Drugs such as aminoglycosides (gentamicin) can cause kidney damage and so creatinine is monitored. Other drugs, such as cephalosprins (cefoxitin), may increase creatinine concentration without reflecting kidney damage.

      So empty stomach doesnt matter.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to here “call your doctor” when getting lab results?
    I did lab work for 12 different things about a week ago. I called today to get the results and heard “normal” on all but 4 lab tests; my thyroid test, Liver function test, Kidney function test, and the fasting blood sugar level test. I was told “call your doctor” on the recording for those results. I have a message in to the doc. but I am curious and hoping someone else can tell me….Should I be worrying? Is that normal to have to call the doctor? Thanks for the answers!

    • ANSWER:
      I believe if it was anything major you would have recieved a call right away. Wait for the doctor to call you back and if there is something wrong then do what you have to to get better. Hang in there!

  42. QUESTION:
    The Dr found blood in my husbands urine. He got a test done maybe 2 months ago and they found more back then?
    no they found not as much. I am very worried they sent my husband for some kidneys test. I am very afraid but being Strong for him. Has anyone experience this?

    • ANSWER:
      I am diagnosed with kidney stones and blood in the urine usually signifies I have a stone…well, that and extreme pain. This blood comes the stone scraping the walls of the narrow ureter.
      That may be what’s ailing him, although blood in the urine could be many things. You’ll just have to wait for the test results; I’m sure he’ll be fine.
      Kidney stones are not usually life-threatening, if your husband does have one. I have passed all my stones on my own (drinking plenty of water & pain medication). Your husband may need some sort of medical intervention, it depends on the size of the stone and his pain tolerance. Either through Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) or ureteral stents or very rarely open surgery.
      I hope your husband the best.

  43. QUESTION:
    If they start digging around and doing tests and stuff, what might they find?
    And should I be concerned?

    Going for an ECG in a couple of weeks, and blood tests for Liver function, Kidney function, Gloucose levels etc.

    I’m a little worried.

    Any advise or reassuring words out there?
    Very witty Hot Pink, very witty.
    Lol !!

    • ANSWER:
      been through it myself .the worst part is not knowing your mind works overtime ,at least when your results come through if there is a problem help is close at hand.
      do hope all your worry was for nothing
      all the best

  44. QUESTION:
    where can i find the list of medical test given for?
    where can i find the list of tests for kidney?
    and the list of tests for heart?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no “list” anywhere. There are literally hundreds of test that could be ordered by a physician in order to check out the functioning of both these organs. If you have some specific symptoms you want to check out, go to WebMd.com and use their symptom checker.

  45. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me what this means for my mother’s kidney test?
    Her creatinine level is 1.51
    Her BUN is 29
    Her Bun/Creatinine ratio is 19
    Also, if this does indicate kidney disease, how far along is she.

    I don’t know everything the doctor told her because I haven’t talked to her a lot about it yet.

    Thank You
    I am asking because she is 67 and is foriegn born. She speaks english well but needs help understanding medical talk.

    • ANSWER:
      here are some websites you can read about creatinine and BUN:

      http://www.medicinenet.com/creatinine_blood_test/article.htm

      http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3689/is_200005/ai_n8880048

      it looks like her number are slightly out of range.

  46. QUESTION:
    Blood Test Results – Kidneys – 59?
    I’m a 17 year old female.
    I got my lab results back, and for my kidneys, it says 59.
    Which If I’m not mistaken..means Stage 3 Chronic Disease.

    Is that number too low for my age?
    Do i actually have kidney problems?

    Please give me all the info that you know.
    I’m worried.
    Thank you!
    And on the lab results paper I received, it shows two stars next to GFR.

    GFR **
    Also, what can I do to help myself and get a high number. A normal number.
    What kind of foods should I stay away from and what foods should I eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Your GFR tells how much kidney function you have. It may be estimated from your blood level of creatinine. If your GFR falls below 30 you will need to see a kidney disease specialist (called a nephrologist), Your kidney doctor will speak to you about treatments for kidney failure like dialysis or kidney transplant. A GFR below 15 indicates that you need to start on a treatment

  47. QUESTION:
    Do general blood tests in the UK look for HIV?
    I had kidney infections a few months ago, and I had unprotected sex a little before that. When I got blood tests taken for my kidney infections would they have looked for things like HIV?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope. You have to ask for it.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the unit Expected range for a kidney test taken at Clinical Pathology Laboratory?

    • ANSWER:
      Creatinine is 0.5-1.5 mg/dl
      BUN is 5-17 mg/dl

  49. QUESTION:
    Testing for protein in the blood is a routine test for kidney complications or disease.Biology help plz?
    Biology help im a freshmen doing online class for a sophmer and i been on this question all morning..so if can help?????!!!!!

    THX ALOT

    Testing for protein in the blood is a routine test for kidney complications or disease.This is because healthy kidneys

    A.build protein with amino acids.
    B.break down protein into amino acids.
    C.leave protein in the blood.
    D.remove all protein from the blood.

    • ANSWER:
      C. leave protein in the blood

  50. QUESTION:
    Whats wrong with my Cat?
    I have a 7yr old male cat. For 2 weeks he has suddenly become very slow and acts like its in pain and has stopped going outdoors, only for his toilet. I took him to the vet who said his temperature is ok although there appears to be weight loss even though his eating is ok. He said his kidneys appeared slightly large but nothing to unusual for a cat of his age. He wants to take blood tests (kidneys etc). Is there anything I can do or medicationI can give to avoid huge vet fees. Any help would be greatly welcome.
    Although my 7yr old cat is eating well it has lost a lot of weight and appears quite weak. Even though it took it to a vet 10 days ago, its temperature was normal although his kidneys were slightly large. Does anyone have any ideas?? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You need to follow him outside or better yet bring a cat litter in so you can monitor him closely, you need to know if he’s passing urine if tries to pee
      and just can’t do it he may have an obstruction and that is so dangerous he
      can die. I so understand you being afraid of the vet fees two years ago my
      cat had an obstruction and cost me nearly &700,00 to put an catheter on him and spend the night at an emergency clinic, you may have to bite the bullet and have at least one test done, ask the vet if you can pay in installments like leave your debit or credit card # and they charge a set amount monthly.
      he can have kidney stones (Christal’s) and they are what cause the obstruction.
      They do not see it with a blood test,but it will tell if there is blood in the urine and if he has an infection and thes are the are symptoms.
      I remember the time when they did not take all these tests and still treat the pets,
      they were real doctors then. Your cat is probably in pain, but it could be a lot of different things did you examine him to see if he has a bump,or some place in the body that is hotter than the surrounding area,if so look well to see if its swollen, reddish, he could haven been bit by scorpions,spiders,snakes and an endless critters list that lives outdoors any of those would be very painful and give him malaise, if you slide your hands carefully all over his body feeling for bumps or a different temperature. Any way i give my cat once in awhile (if I think he has an UTI) an 1/4 of a Cistex pill 2 times a day like around mid morning and again in the late afternoon for maybe 2 or 3 days until I take him to the vet, you find it at the drugstores, super markets, it’s over the counter, give only one quart of a pill. at a time.
      the pill help him by providing some pain relieve, but that is only a temporary fix for a day or so it does not cure the infection, you need to take him back to the vet.
      I learned one thing Now I call around and ask for prices at the vets offices and you would be surprised at how much they differ from one office to the next, I remember one vet charged .00 for something and the other .00.
      Make sure he drinks his water and a little milk so he don’t dehydrate
      Good luck . Happy new year.


Symptoms Of Kidneys Disease

What are symptoms of kidney stones in ureter? They arise when a stone turn out to be lodged in the ureter/urethra. Clearly, kidney stones cause unbearable pain when come in a ureter.

If a stone becomes sizeable enough, it may start to depart of your kidney and move forward through the ureters – the tubes that transmit urine from the kidney to your bladder.

If it gets immovable in the ureter, this is able to bring about an infection which can cause enduring kidney harm.

The ureter contracts in response to the stone, producing serious pain in the flank or lower back that frequently radiates to the groin, in men to the testis. Those who with nephrolithiasis commonly cannot get comfortable and will always alter position in an effort to get release from the embarrassment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Kidney Disease questions?? Can the symptoms kidney disease be similar to mono symptoms?
    Can the symptoms kidney disease be similar to mono symptoms?
    Can is cause you to miss a period?
    Does it have some of the same symptoms of pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Infectious mononucleosis is caused by epstein-Barr virus and usually you get fever, fatigue, etc. This type of symptoms are also associated with kidney failures as well. Also, anytime your body has a malfunction (an issue with an organ) or a change (such as pregnancy) often time you will get a fever. So, some of the symptoms associated with pregnancy mononucleosis can have the similar properties as kidney issues.

      If you get pain while you pee or if you have heavy cramps after a good night sleep (in the morning right out of the bed) I think you may have kidney issue. Also, you should pay attention to the color of your urine. For now drink a lot of water and DO NOT take a lot of pain medications such as Tylenol because it is bad for your kidney.

      If you are not feeling well and you think you may have kidney issues, please go a hospital as soon as possible. Sometimes when you act fast, docs can prevent further complications.

      Get well soon.

  2. QUESTION:
    kidneys, last summers fall cause symptoms of kidney disease?
    last summer i fell pretty hard on my side, i never went to the doctor directly for it, but thought i might of broke a rib or something and was in pain for a long time. I had a hard time breathing right after the fall. now I’m fatigued that area is bothering me again, my ankles swell and my body is very achy. could it be my kidneys or some kind of kidney disease

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of kidney disease?
    When should you decide to call a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Changes in Urination
      Swelling in legs, ankles, feet, face, and/or hands.
      Fatigue
      Skin Rash/Itching
      Metallic Taste in Mouth/Ammonia Breath
      Nausea and Vomiting
      Shortness of Breath
      Feeling Cold
      Dizziness and Trouble Concentrating
      Leg/Flank Pain

      If you have 3 or more symptoms, that’s when you should call a doctor.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of kidney disease and what are the thing or ways to prevent it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sympstoms
      1.Changes in Urination
      Kidneys make urine, so when the kidneys are failing, the urine may change. You may have to get up at night to urinate. Urine may be foamy or bubbly. You may urinate more often, or in greater amounts than usual, with pale urine.
      You may urinate less often, or in smaller amounts than usual with dark colored urine. Your urine may contain blood. You may feel pressure or have difficulty urinating.

      2: Swelling
      Failing kidneys don’t remove extra fluid, which builds up in your body causing swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, face, and/or hands.

      3: Fatigue
      Healthy kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin (a-rith’-ro-po’-uh-tin) that tells your body to make oxygen-carrying red blood cells. As the kidneys fail, they make less erythropoietin. With fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen, your muscles and brain become tired very quickly. This condition is called anemia, and it can be treated.

      Prevention:
      Keep your blood pressure below 130/80. Learn to check your blood pressure at home.
      If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible. Your doctor will want you to check your blood sugar several times each day.
      Maintain a healthy weight. This can help you prevent other diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
      Maintain healthy levels of fats (lipids), such as cholesterol and triglycerides.
      Do not smoke or use other tobacco products. Smoking can lead to atherosclerosis, which reduces blood flow to the kidneys and increases blood pressure.

  5. QUESTION:
    Kidney disease symptoms?
    I’ve been recently losing a lot of hair, is it possible that it’s a symptom of kidney disease? I ask because I’m a type one diabetic, and I got testing a few weeks ago and my doctors think I could have kidney disease. So I was just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      Changes in Urination
      Swelling
      Fatigue
      Skin Rash/Itching
      Metallic Taste in Mouth/Ammonia Breath
      Nausea and Vomiting
      Shortness of Breath
      Feeling Cold
      Dizziness and Trouble Concentrating
      Leg/Flank Pain

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      You may start to have symptoms only a few months after your kidneys begin to fail. But most people do not have symptoms early on. In fact, many do not have symptoms for as long as 30 years or more. This is called the “silent” phase of the disease.

      How well your kidneys work is called kidney function. As your kidney function gets worse, you may:

      Urinate less than normal.
      Have swelling from fluid buildup in your tissues. This is called edema.
      Feel very tired or sleepy.
      Not feel hungry, or you may lose weight without trying.
      Often feel sick to your stomach (nauseated) or vomit.
      Have trouble sleeping.
      Have headaches or trouble thinking clearly.

      If you are having this, you will need treatment.

      Treatment can be
      Hemo-dialysis,
      Peritoneal dialysis or even
      a kidney transplant.

      Talk to your healthcare provider.

  7. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of kidney disease but not kidney disease?
    my father has all the symptoms for kidney disease like kidney stones however he has done all the test however the show no signs that he has this disease but he still has the symptoms what could be the cause of these symptoms. plz no jokes jus answer if you can’t then plz do not say nothing. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Saying all the symptoms of kidney disease probably won’t be appropriate.
      He may be having Urinary Tract Infection or Prostatic hypertrophy. What is his age?
      All the best for your father!

  8. QUESTION:
    The symptoms of kidney disease?
    What are the symptoms that cause the necessary of dialysis or kidney transplant?
    A 25 male, had no particular symptoms of the disease until he went to hospital to do routine blood analysis…..etc and the doctors said that he had kidney failure.please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a 30yr old male who just was released from the hospital with acute renal failure (kidneyt failure)
      My kidneys failed completely, and for 3 weeks stayed that way. I was on dialysis, blood pressure medications.. etc. It was scary and painful (for me). — Some say there is no pain involved. I tend to disagree, at least with acute kidney failure.

      Anyhow — there are MANY symptoms.. I can tell you that you generally will not get even half of them. But I will tell you the main ones I experienced, and list others just to be thorough.

      Of course kidney failure is diagnosed from your creatinine levels rising. The move from 1.x to 2.x is crucial, and 2-4 is where big problems generally start occurring. Mine went to about 9 before the kidneys started to function again. (this was with dialysis).

      You can have what is referred to as “flank pain” — Pain on your sides, lower back, in the general kidney area — Just below the ribcage.

      I experienced some of this, but not alot.

      Edema or swelling is another sure sign of kidney failure. It is usually most pronounced in your ankles, hands, and in my case my face. (I had more swelling in my face, esp. around the eyes than any other place)

      The inability to urinate is a sure sign,.. or more likely urinating much less than normal. You can even have the urge to urinate much more frequently but not alot of volume.

      Discoloration of urine — usually darker, but it can be pale as well. Confusing I know.

      With me, my output of urine was lower than it should be (I had I.V. fluids and a catheter.. they would then be able to measure exactly fluid intake vs. output). After most of the tubes were removed my urine output spiked, much more than normal, and after about a week of this my kidneys took the turn towards ‘recovery’.

      Nausea is a big one, was for me. At the beginning I threw up , then was simply nauseated for days. After that passed some, my appetite was very low, and foods would increase the stomach pain and nausea. It passed with time.

      Dehydration is very common as well… as is dry mouth.

      Weight loss — although you can gain an incredible amount of weight if your body is collecting fluid as well.

      Your electrolytes (the salts in your body) are regulated via the kidneys. Hence, with failure, these levels are not in balance. Which is dangerous. It can be so dangerous you can be on the verge of heart attack because of calcium/potassium imbalances, or simply have muscle cramps.

      Shortness of breath — Or feeling the need to cough when you breath in deeply. This is fluid accumulating on the lungs. (Happened to me, and I used a spirometer religiously to keep from acquiring pneumonia.

      The following definitely occurred to me:

      # Feeling tired and/or weak
      # Memory problems
      # Difficulty concentrating
      # Dizziness

      These are usually because your red blood cells are not being produced in an adequate manner, yet another thing controlled by your kidneys via erythropoietin. Which causes Anemia.

      I was extremely tired and weak (and still am regaining strength) :) — I had exaggerated memory problems, poor concentration, and just basic neurological and cognitive difficulties.

      Another symptom I had was low blood pressure in the beginning.. followed by a sudden (after about 4-5 days of onset of failure) – increase in blood pressure.

      Literally one day my blood pressure was 98/60 and the next it was 210/125. Scared me! I wasn’t sure if the pressure would ever go back to normal.

      I had intense headaches, and was pumped full of every blood pressure medication they had (so it seemed) — some Oral, some I.V.

      Funny thing is, none of the BP medication did anything to lower the insanely high Blood Pressure I had.

      I had this blood pressure for about a week and a half, and then just as it came.. overnight it switched back to normal. When it switched back to normal was when my Creatinine levels finally dropped for the first time on their own…without dialysis. — From there the kidneys got better every day. For no rhyme or reason. They virtually act like they have an on/off switch.

      I learned the kidneys control SO much more than just filtering blood and producing Urine.

      The doctors most likely have determined some level of kidney failure from elevated Creatinine from your Blood work/labs.

      You are very young , as was I, to have this occur — and I cannot say if yours is an acute or chronic type of failure. Though I do know constant high blood pressure or diabetes can cause slow and steady kidney failure.

      If you have none of these conditions, then perhaps it is an acute failure of some sort that can be resolved rather quickly.

      They generally start you on dialysis when it is evident that your kidneys aren’t functioning enough to filter your blood adequately. The Nephrologists will determine this quickly.

      From there, depending on if it looks like a long-term, or short-term dialysis treatment schedul

  9. QUESTION:
    “What are the symptoms of kidney disease?”?

    • ANSWER:
      •need to urinate frequently, especially at night (nocturia);

      •swelling of the legs and puffiness around the eyes (fluid retention);

      •high blood pressure;

      •fatigue and weakness (from anemia or accumulation of waste products in the body);

      •loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting;

      •itching, easy bruising, and pale skin (from anemia);
      •shortness of breath from fluid accumulation in the lungs;

      •headaches, numbness in the feet or hands (peripheral neuropathy), disturbed sleep, altered mental status (encephalopathy from the accumulation of waste products or uremic poisons), and restless legs syndrome;

      •chest pain due to pericarditis (inflammation around the heart);

      •bleeding (due to poor blood clotting);

      •bone pain and fractures; and

      •decreased sexual interest and erectile dysfunction

  10. QUESTION:
    kidney disease symptoms??
    could people please let me no what symptoms they no of?

    • ANSWER:
      From what I can see the most common symptoms are: fatigue and weakness, loss of apetite, nausea, vomiting, need to urinate frequently (especially at nighttime), swelling of legs and puffiness around the eyes, headaches, numbness in feet and hands, disturbed sleep, high blood pressure, chest pain, itchiness, easy bruising, pale skin, shortness of breath, bleeding, bone pain, and decreased sexual interest…..those are all of them that are common among several sources…

  11. QUESTION:
    Can they detect kidney disease, failure in a urine test?
    I had blood tests done in January and my kidneys are normal. But lately I have been peeing a lot and I feel this pressure to pee. And those are one of the symptoms of kidney disease.

    • ANSWER:
      they usually preform blood test for kidney disease. on the other hand sometimes a urine test is done to detect other kidney ailments. if you are urinating a lot this may be a sign of a bladder infection or even a urinary tract infection you should get by a doctor to find out the exact problem drink plenty of water and try some cranberry.

  12. QUESTION:
    symptoms of Kidney stone? or another disease? ?
    Hi I am Asian male my age 23 (single-virgin ) I fell like uncomfortable this days please help me my friends .
    Last Monday I had some symptoms in my urine…I don’t have diabetics I check its normal but im fat .

    1st day I feel like to go to restroom every 1hours but no problem in my pee its normal color. And I start to drink water lot ….
    2nd day same but I feel like not major pain little dull pain in my front kidney left side same right side of kidney but not like left side pain this pain not longer its 1or 2 minutes every 1 or 2 hours after I fell this pain .
    3rd day my privet area is pain normal time but when I go to pee little pain in inside in area burning little not much it’s like something block inside me and little back pain in my back near my back bone disk then I take my urine report and I went to doctor.
    My urine report:-
    Color – pale yellow / appearance clear /specific gravity 1.012 / pH 6.0 /
    Pus cells occasional / epithelial cells occasional / red cells, protein glucose etc all NIL ….

    DR (kidney specialist) told me my report is normal no problem in my urine he told me I had kidney stone it small. But he not scan my body he give a medicine to 1 week after it not stop u can take ultra scan. These are the medicine he gave to me
    Lasix 40mg / ciprofloxacin hydrochloride 500mg / buscopan .2 times a day

    Now I feel like pain near my urethra. (*O*) * This mark is my pain O is my urethra
    Last 2days, dull back pain and some pain in kidney area dull side not much but my urine going normal. No burning sensation

    This is my question:-
    What this disease? It s kidney stone how long it will take to cure?
    These symptoms are kidney stone or another disease symptom?
    Ultra scan good for this?
    Any way to cure this disease?
    These symptoms are good or bad my life?

    Please help me my friends I am student im in depression I cant study this month end I have an idea a go to UK for higher study I feel like this disease kill my future.
    Thanks my friends I prey for all this disease not come to anyone

    • ANSWER:
      I am not an expert in medicine: It could be that you have a second small stone to pass? Nothing serious my mother had this and she reached the age of 90th. Wish you good Luck and happy Study!

  13. QUESTION:
    Kidney disease renal failure symptoms question!?
    I know that symptoms of kidney disease don’t show up until there’s already been a lot of damage. I’m trying to find out what symptoms correlate with what degree of kidney function?
    Like, what symptoms would be present around 25%, and then around 15%, 10%, etc.
    Thanx to anyone who can help!

    • ANSWER:
      Some other syptoms include swelling of ankles (edema) and fatigue. But, the best indicator is through blood tests and uring analysis. Your doctor can check for protein (albumin) in the urine, and can test for creatininne levels in the blood. If you are diabetic, you should be followed closely by your physician, who should monitor for these signs periodically.

  14. QUESTION:
    what are the classic symptoms of kidney disease? what about itching and joint pain?

    • ANSWER:
      could be ,go get a blood test

  15. QUESTION:
    Do I have symptoms of kidney disease?
    I am 20 years old male. I was feeling really bad for about a year, I went to the Doctor Summer 2010, and told her I don’t feel good. I feel weak, tired all the time, have high blood pressure. She did a routine blood test and saw an increase of WBC and invisible blood in my urine. She didn’t pay attention to it and told me I am going through depression and I need to see a psychologist so they can give me anti depressants. My problems weren’t emotional, I was sad because I didn’t feel good all the time.

    I asked one of my firneds who is going to MED school that I was going to get my heart checked because of the high blood pressure. He told me that its probably your kidneys.

    Here are my signs why I think I have it:
    1. High Blood Pressure
    2. Sometimes I had trouble peeing and it hurt
    3. Had this weird taste in my mouth like IODINE and had cuts and open sores
    4. The invisible blood in urine – when i went to the DR to get checked out.

    I am going to the DR tomorrow to get a special blood test to check kidneys but I would like to know your opinion.

    been crying non stop :( andd I dont really have any firneds cuz they all left me :( sooo I would like some support :( I just wish I dont die there is so much I want to do :(

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my gosh.. I highly doubt you’ll die, unless it’s not treated, but it will be :)

      Have you been having pain on your lower back? If so, it’s most likely something wrong with your kidney.
      And if you have trouble peeing, it can be anything – kidney problem, urine infection, std, etc..
      Do not get worried about what I have written.

      But to me it sounds like maybe a kidney infection or a urine infection.
      But you’ll find out when you go to the doctors. :)

  16. QUESTION:
    Are these symptoms of kidney disease 10 pts!?
    I have small red spots on my back and stomach they ARENT itchy,

    my skin feels a little sensitive on my back and hips

    I have a cough.

    I was feeling a little nauseous but not really anymore
    Feeling dizzy and light headed too.

    • ANSWER:
      How often (or how little) are you voiding?

      What color is your urine?

  17. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of Kidney Disease?
    Lately, I’ve been having Shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, and mostly frightening, less Urination. I could drink several bottles of Water and urinate only about half of it. I’m gonna have my Mom(I’m only 15) schedule an appointment, and see what’s wrong with me. This has been happening for the last 2 days now. Does anyone have a clue what could it be? I’m hopping it’s not some Kidney disease.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think that this would be a kidney disease. these complications may be due to extreme hot weather.

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of early kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      10 Symptoms of Kidney Disease
      Many people who have chronic kidney disease don’t know it, because the early signs can be very subtle. It can take many years to go from chronic kidney disease (CKD) to kidney failure. Some people with CKD live out their lives without ever reaching kidney failure.

      However, for people at any stage of kidney disease, knowledge is power. Knowing the symptoms of kidney disease can help you get the treatment you need to feel your best. If you or someone you know has one or more of the following symptoms of kidney disease, or you are worried about kidney problems, see a doctor for blood and urine tests. Remember, many of the symptoms can be due to reasons other than kidney disease. The only way to know the cause of your symptoms is to see your doctor.

      Symptom 1: Changes in Urination
      Kidneys make urine, so when the kidneys are failing, the urine may change. How?

      ■You may have to get up at night to urinate.
      ■Urine may be foamy or bubbly. You may urinate more often, or in greater amounts than usual, with pale urine.
      ■You may urinate less often, or in smaller amounts than usual with dark colored urine.
      ■Your urine may contain blood.
      ■You may feel pressure or have difficulty urinating.

      Symptom 2: Swelling
      Failing kidneys don’t remove extra fluid, which builds up in your body causing swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, face, and/or hands.

      Symptom 3: Fatigue
      Healthy kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin (a-rith’-ro-po’-uh-tin) that tells your body to make oxygen-carrying red blood cells. As the kidneys fail, they make less erythropoietin. With fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen, your muscles and brain become tired very quickly. This condition is called anemia, and it can be treated.

      Symptom 4: Skin Rash/Itching
      Kidneys remove wastes from the bloodstream. When the kidneys fail, the buildup of wastes in your blood can cause severe itching.

      Symptom 5: Metallic Taste in Mouth/Ammonia Breath
      A buildup of wastes in the blood (called uremia) can make food taste different and cause bad breath. You may also notice that you stop liking to eat meat, or that you are losing weight because you just don’t feel like eating.

      Symptom 6: Nausea and Vomiting
      A severe buildup of wastes in the blood (uremia) can also cause nausea and vomiting. Loss of appetite can lead to weight loss.

      Symptom 7: Shortness of Breath
      Trouble catching your breath can be related to the kidneys in two ways. First, extra fluid in the body can build up in the lungs. And second, anemia (a shortage of oxygen-carrying red blood cells) can leave your body oxygen-starved and short of breath.

      Symptom 8: Feeling Cold
      Anemia can make you feel cold all the time, even in a warm room.

      Symptom 9: Dizziness and Trouble Concentrating
      Anemia related to kidney failure means that your brain is not getting enough oxygen. This can lead to memory problems, trouble with concentration, and dizziness.

      Symptom 10: Leg/Flank Pain
      Some people with kidney problems may have pain in the back or side related to the affected kidney. Polycystic kidney disease, which causes large, fluid-filled cysts on the kidneys and sometimes the liver, can cause pain.

  19. QUESTION:
    Liver Disease and your imput…?
    My mom died 10 years ago due to several different health problems, it all started off with bad blood, she had one thing wrong with the next, liver, kidney, you name it. She suffered for 19 years, and I was told I have alot of her symptoms, kidney disease, thyroid, and now liver damage. I am so tired of one doctor to the next, it seems they are never sure what I have definatly.
    My question is I was recently told that my liver looked bad, but not for sure that it is damaged as of yet, I go for more test in a few days. DOES drinking make it worse? Am I suppose to totally stop all together, and besides medication through the years and drinking, is there any other way that I got this? What is your advise on whether you think drinking is going to make it worse or not, and is there something I can do to keep me healthier like does excerise even help or taking vitamians, cause I am SO tired of finding horrible doctors that never know whats going on anymore!

    • ANSWER:
      There are some hereditary liver diseases. Sounds like you need to thouroughly understand which one yours is. Drinking DEFINETLY should be off your ‘to do’ list. It always will make liver disease worse, no matter the cause.
      Be careful of vitamins too, some of those are harmful
      Is there any way you can bring someone with you to your docs appt.? Sometimes, having someone there with you will help you later understand all they said. Also, if that’s not possible, write down all your questions first, and bring the list with you. Some questions I would ask:
      1)specific diagnosis (then you can look it up later for more info)
      2)drugs and OTC to avoid (so you don’t cause more damage)
      3)Any thing more can be done to help (any studies, experimental drugs, anything new going on to treat this?)
      4)Any other opinions? (search for the latest info on your diagnosis)
      Good luck, I hope you get to the bottom of this and feel better soon. Be proactive in your health, information will help you understand what you can do for yourself!

  20. QUESTION:
    Put 6 yr old Persian cat down, are symptoms common with kidney disease or could this be passed 2 other cats?
    Symptoms:
    Slept in closet for one to two days.
    Doesn’t usually speak but cried repeatedly today.
    Could not hold him self up to take a drink of water.
    Dehydrated
    Pale color
    Brown tongue with bad odor
    Recently treated this and other cats for flea infestation.

    Worried about other cats, I know Persians sometimes can suffer from Kidney failure and that there is no recovery for this. Worried that it might be from flea infestation and other cats that do not show symptoms may soon become ill. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Another disease you might look into is Feline Panleukopenia, also called Feline Distemper.

      Symptons of it are:
      Depression
      Loss of Appetite
      High Fever
      Lethargy
      Vomiting
      Severe Diarrhea
      Dehydration or Hanging over the water dish.

      Normally the sickness may go on for 3-4 days after the first elevation of body temperature. Fever will fluctuate furing the illness in some cats and abruptly fall to subnormal levels shortly before death.

  21. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of liver disease?
    What are the symptoms of liver disease? Is a liver disease can be treated i.e. is it possible to treat liver disease? What will happen if left untreated? Is this disease considered on of the biggest diseases like heart disease, kidney disease etc.

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms of liver disease include:
      >jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin)
      >severe itching
      >dark urine
      >mental confusion or coma
      >vomiting of blood
      >easy bruising and tendency to bleed
      >gray or clay-colored stools
      >abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen.

      Time is of the essence for patients with liver disease because early intervention can often prevent life-threatening complications. Some patients with liver disease are asymptomatic, but their histories may reveal risk factors to justify liver analyte testing.

  22. QUESTION:
    I’m pregnant and I’m trying to figure out if I have kidney disease. I don’t have insurance right now…?
    (I’m working on getting insurance) otherwise I would just go to the doctor. So I was looking up the symptoms of kidney disease, and many of them seem to be things that are also associated with pregnancy. I have experienced many of them, but I thought it was just because I was pregnant. So out of the following list of kidney disease symptoms, are any NOT common during pregnancy also?

    * changes in urination habits – having to go but nothing is there
    * urine looks different – blood in urine
    * swelling in ankles/feet
    * sleeping habits change
    * dizziness/lack of concentration
    * nausea
    * food tastes different
    * always out of breath, even without exercise
    * pain in back or side

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Joy!

      Just as the other posters have said- the blood in the urine is the only red flag item. At one point or another I experienced everything but the blood in the urine during my pregnancy.

      Do you happen to have cash for a “doc in the box?” If not is there a county or state clinic you can go to? How about any free clinics? Can your church help?

      God bless you and protect you (and your little peanut!). :)

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the symptom of kidney disease or kidney going bad?

    • ANSWER:
      There’s a lot of different kidney diseases. Protein or blood in the urine and pain in your mid-lower back (location of kidneys) that won’t go away with pain meds are usually an indicator. Try the link in the source, it had a lot of info on kidney diseases. When I had a kidney infection, it started with the back pain.

  24. QUESTION:
    Does it sound like my cat has Kidney Disease?
    My cat has recently been throwing up alot and I know that that is a symptom of Kidney disease. We took him to the vet about three weeks ago just for a check up and they took his blood work and found no problems at all. do you think he could have Kidney disease?
    He’s throwing up what looks like clear liquid

    • ANSWER:
      The blood work tells how all the organs are functioning, so if you had a full panel IDEXX done and there were no signs, I’d say it’s not kidneys. However throwing up very frequently is one of the signs of pancreatitis, which can develop in a few hours. Kidney disease is also something that includes a lot of water drinking by the cat, if that isn’t happening, I’d suspect something else.

      What is the cat throwing up–clear, bile yellow, or brown partially digested food? Is there any hair involved? Some have very touchy stomachs, some can’t handle certain foods, some may be chewing on cords or chemically treated things which would result in barfing.

      Clear liquid is either saliva or just drunk water from the bowl. Wash the water bowl out, there could be a bacteria build up in it. If the throw up was cold when it came out of the cat then it’s the water. If the throw up is warm, it’s been in him long enough to be heated up to body temperature and could be anything.

  25. QUESTION:
    Could I have kidney disease/failure?
    I was looking up kidney disease symptoms and a lot of mine match (although I realize they may be somewhat vague symptoms possibly caused by other things.) I was wondering if anyone could help me out with what they think i might have. They are as follows:

    -extremely itchy and sensitive rash on chest and face for at least a week (cortisone cream had been only mildly helpful, if it all)
    -more frequent, stronger urges to go to the bathroom and yet i barely urinate at all once there (i thought it was a yeast infection but has not gone away with 1 a day pills to help such and there is no itch)
    -feeling of bloating or tightness in lower abdomen for at least 3-4 days that I thought was maybe constipation but has not passed with laxatives
    -as of tonight, I have a strong pain in my lower left side also reaching somewhat to my lower left back
    -lately i’ve felt like i have to breath deeper and my heart feels like it’s beating extra fast or intensely
    -i have had chills as long as i can remember…they usually show up in quick spasms (also getting chills when i use the bathroom and nothing comes out)
    -i have not worked out in a couple days, but when i did last week a couple times, i felt disoriented (almost couldn’t see straight) and overwhelmingly tired after cardio but have not been sore the next day

    As a note I also had pyelonephritis when i was 3 and am now 20. I am looking for more constructive help than ‘go see a doctor’ because that is an obvious observation.
    This is in response to Irving-
    I try to drink 64 oz of water a day so I’m not sure how to hydrate more, but I will definitely cut back on caffeine. I drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day so despite the withdrawal I will try it. I took a generic antacid earlier tonight (which I think is what tums is?) and it did not change a thing. Would something like pamprin help since it’s for bloating and stuff or should I just steer clear of more meds?

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Can you explain what the symptoms are of progressed kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      When you click on the link below, go to the section called “What are the symptons of CKD?” (chronic kidney disease).

      Please note that they point out that these symotoms are not notable until the later stages of the disease. Chronic kidney disease is not the same as a kidney infection.

      The symptoms include poor appetite, trouble sleeping, and swollen feet and ankles, plus more. I had all of these symptoms.

      I would advise anyone with diabetes or high blood pressure to get checked at least once a year for their kidney function. Those are the 2 leading causes of kidney failure. If you don’t have Type 2 diabetes, do whatever you can to avoid it. Kidney failure/dialysis is not an enjoyable lifestyle…

  27. QUESTION:
    Renal Disease Stage III – what vegetables and fruits to avoid?
    My Dad has multiple health problems including diabetes, but was recently diagnosed with Renal Disease Stage III. He’s already been doing much of what they list at the site below (lost more than 50 pounds) and is trying to increase his exercise. I make a lot of his food, especially premade meals for him to pop out of the freezer into the microwave such as homemade burritos. The link indicates that he may have to avoid fruits and vegetables high in phosphorus or potassium. Which ones are these besides bananas (which he rarely eats anyway)?

    http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/symptoms-and-diagnosis/stage-3-of-chronic-kidney-disease-ckd/a/685

    • ANSWER:
      The same web site also lists the high potassium and high phosphorus foods. Go to:

      http://www.davita.com/diet-and-nutrition/c/diet-basics

      Back when I was on dialysis, I remember that I was supposed to limit potatos, tomatos,and oranges, but I can’t remember the rest, so they should be on the website.

  28. QUESTION:
    Sharp pains in both kidneys?
    I have been experiencing very sharp pains in my sides under lower ribcage (kidney area?) It never seems to last longer than ten minutes, and it can dissapear for weeks, but sometimes it comes on so strong it makes me clasp my side and crouch down. I would have thought kidney stones only as I say, it is on both sides. I am Diabetic and get checked regularly for symptoms of kidney disease so should be no issue there either. Any ideas anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Call your Dr. and ask him. When Diabetes is involved there can always be something a little more complicated involved. Make a note to check the color of your urine, look to see if it is cloudy or has an odor of any kind and report that to your Dr. too. I hope you feel better soon. Dawn

  29. QUESTION:
    what are the signs and symptoms of a kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, there aren’t many. People have no symptoms until they reach end stage renal disease. Hypertension may start a little earlier. Other symptoms are: anemia, weakness, fatigue, bleeding due to platelet dysfunction, chest pain or shortness of breath from pleuritis or pericarditis and so on. All organ systems begin to be affected at the terminal stages.

  30. QUESTION:
    BLOOD TEST Kidneys?
    What does it mean if your doctor asked to go back in again to check up with the abnormalities in your bloodtest regarding your Kidneys (possibly dry kidneys) or what not? Should I be worried, even though my blood pressure, cholesterol, are good? Why haven’t I experienced any of the symptoms of kidney disease, or are there more that I don’t know about?

    • ANSWER:
      when the Doctor wants to know if there is an abnormality in the function of your kidneys, he would usually request a blood test that includes your BUN (blood, urea and nitrogen) and creatinine levels..any deviation from the normal values or elevated reading, may mean that your kidneys are not functioning normally..
      where did i get that idea? well,i’m a nurse by profession..

  31. QUESTION:
    My dog is drinking an excessive amount of water, could this be kidney problems?
    My 11 year old Min Pin is drinking an excess amount of water. What are the symptoms of Kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Could also be diabetes. Your best bet would be to make an appt. with your vet asap. Have you noticed what color the urine is? You might want to take a urine spec. in when you take your dog in. I hope it is nothing really serious.

  32. QUESTION:
    how the disease symptoms arises due to alcohol?
    how do we know our kidney and liver function?Since i drink veryweekend 750 ml of rum ,how do i diagonse my status of health ..recommend me

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do is visit your doctor. Some signs of kidney trouble are pain in the lower back. Either on the left side or right or both. Another sign is if your urine is discolored and/or it is painful to urinate. This could be just a kidney infection, drink lots of water and cranberry juice to clear it up. If you drink heavily, you might notice yellowing in the whites of the eyes and in extreme kidney shut down, your skin with turn yellowish. If your a diabetic, you should not drink at all or not anymore then just socially. Diabetics have a higher risk of kidney problems. Best bet, is to see your doctor.

      Cheers!

  33. QUESTION:
    Kidney stones and kidney disease?
    I am a 17 yr old female. I was diagnosed with a 3mm kidney stone a few months ago. Friday I woke up with really bad back pains and vommiting my mom brought me to the er and they took a urine test and said I had blood in my urine and they gave me lortabs and a pee strainer and told me to make an appointment with my urologist. So that Monday I met with my urologist and she took a cat scan and said my kidney stone was no longer in my kidney so I’m probably trying to pass it and if I don’t pass it by my next appointment which is tomorrow I might have to have surgery. But I’ve noticed I’ve been extremely tired and my skin has been quite itchy. I remember those are symptoms of kidney disease. I’m only 17 though. Could the tiredness just be because of the lortabs? I’m scared to say anythng to my mom about kidney disease because shed just say I’m being a hypocondriac. So is this serious I’m kinda scared. Please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      I know you are scared, my kidney stones started when I was about your age and I am 30 now, I have had over 20 stones. Most I passed on my own but alot had to involve surgery. The surgery isn’t very bad but you will be uncomfortable for a few days after words. You are correct about itchy skin being one sign of kidney disease but you mentioned that you are taking Lortabs(hydrocodone) the one of the main side effects of that pain med is itchy skin, and tiredness it does it to me everytime I have to take them. So I would not worry about kidney disease I am pretty sure that it’s just the side effect of the pain meds. I hope this has helped you. I am sorry you are going through this I understand how painfully miserable it can be and I know how scary it can be as well. I wish the best for you and a quick recovery. Take care.

  34. QUESTION:
    How do you solve a probability question like this?
    PREMISE: The presence of bacteria in a urine sample (bacteriuria) is sometimes associated with symptoms of kidney disease in women. Suppose a determination of bacteriuria has been made over a large population of women at one point in time and 5% of those sampled are positive for bacteriuria.

    QUESTION: Suppose a sample of n=100 women is selected from this population. Let X be the number with bacteriuria. What is the probability that 3 or more women have bacteriuria, that is P(X≥3)?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi L,

      P(womanhas) = 5% = 0.05
      P(womandoesnthave) = 1 – 0.05 = 0.95

      P(>=3 womenhave) = 1 – P(0womenhave) – P(1 womanhas) – P(2womenhave)

      P(0women) = 0.95^100

      prob of only 1st woman having is 0.05 * 0.95^99 but the only woman to have could be the 2nd or 3rd or 4th or….100th.

      So P(1womanhas)= 0.05 * 0.95^99 * 100

      prob of 1st and 2nd woman having is 0.05^2 * 0.95^98 but it could be the 1st and 3rd, 1st and 4th, ……99th and 100th so the number of combinations of having 2 women with is 100! / 2! / 98! = 100*99 / 2 = 4950

      So P(2womenhave) = 0.05^2 * 0.95^98 *4950

      so P(>=3women have)

      =1 – 0.95^100 – (0.05 * 0.95^99 *100) – (0.05^2 * 0.95^98 * 4950)
      = 1 – 0.11826
      = 0.88174

      approx 0.882 chance = 88.2% of 3 or more women having bacteriuria.

  35. QUESTION:
    Do you think my cat is suffering from a kidney disease?
    For about a week I notice my cat looking really skinny. I didn’t think much of it until I can feel her spine and ribs easily. Near her tail (like around her waist area) she is extremely skinny there. Like her waist is getting sunk into her body. She’s been acting normal, but I notice she hasn’t been eating a lot and wants more water than usual. But she uses the bathroom fine. She’s had energy until now, where she is now to be getting weak. I’ve made an appointment to the vet today, but I jsut wanted to know if this could be symptoms of kidney disease or something else? If it is kidney problems, can she be saved? or will she die no matter what?
    I almost forgot. She has been doing things over and over again. Like if she goes to eat, she will eat a little, than she will go back to my bed rest and then minutes later she will go do the same thing again. She’s also done this when she saw me eating, came to me and then quickly returned to my bed to rest. She also does this licking sound from time to time.

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like it could be chronic renal failure (CRF, that’s kidney disease…). The licking sound could possibly be from her feeling a little nauseous (they say crf is like flu, not actually painful). Another possibility is hyperactive thyroid: though most cats with this lose weight in spite of increased appetite, some do lose their appetites. Increased restlessness would fit this. It could even be a combination of both: if your vet does diagnose hyperactive thyroid make sure she’s monitored when first starting treatment, as hyperT can mask CRF and reduce symptoms.

      HyperT is easily treatable, with options including medication (which doesn’t taste bad, so generally cats take it easily, one of mine learnt to take her pill herself when put in front of her), surgery and radiation, the latter 2 giving a cure.

      CRF is not curable. However the the outlook is very variable, with many cats living long enough to die from something else. I’ve had two cats with both CRF and HyperT. One lived only 7 weeks after her CRF diagnosis. The other, who also had a heart condition which complicated medication further, lived over 2 years from diagnosis. You don’t say how old yours is, but mine lived to 17 and 19. If you want to look into it, there’s a lot of controversy over different treatments. Personally I think number 1 priority is making sure your cat has quality of life for as long as she has, and not prolonging her life if doing so reduces the quality too much.

      If she has CRF and is feeling sick you can do something for that simply by encouraging her to eat little and often. Your vet might recomend special diets: if she doesn’t like them, they only make marginal difference, so don’t feed them. My 19 year old beat the odds with three life threatening conditions on a diet of normal cat food and very little medical intervention for her kidneys (fortekor and b suplements, no fluids which would have been bad for her heart). And don’t forget to look after yourself as well as her: don’t feel guilty if you don’t do as much as others you might talk to on the internet. Making yourself exhausted/stressed out/broke will not stop the inevitable coming one day. Nor will it help you be the loving, happy owner your cat deserves. All our cats die eventually (your question: will she die no matter what? answer, yes, all cats do, with CRF or not). Look after both of you.

  36. QUESTION:
    my cat has dull matted fur which is a symptom of kidney disease,she wont groom so how can help her fur ?

    • ANSWER:
      Dull matted fur can be the symptom of many things. Cats normally drink a lot of water, when they have kidney failure and their condition deteriorates and they lose weight.

      You have not stated whether your cat has been diagnosed with kidney failure or whether she is being treated for kidney failure.

      If your cats coat has deteriorated for other reasons, I would suggest helping her out by brushing and combing her. You can also give her cod liver oil capsules specially for cats, which you can purchase from a pet shop.

      I would also suggest purchasing cat malt from the pet shop which helps with the build up of fur balls.

      You may want to take your cat for a check up to the vet as coat deterioration can also be a symptom that your cat needs a dental.

      Let us know how you get on and good luck to your cat.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can fever be a symptom of kidney complication other than kidney infection? Possible sign of kidney disease?
    There is an argument right now between the kidney doctor and immunologist as to my son’s diagnosis…just looking for any helpful answers or experiences. He has symptoms of both kidney complications (protein in urine) and immune disorder (recurrent fevers with no other symptoms)
    THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      to give you piece of mind ..go to a different doctor see what they say well good luck

  38. QUESTION:
    Dogs with Kidney disease & acne?
    My 4 year old Doberman was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was 1 year old, when he was finally diagnosed the x-ray and ultrasound showed his kidneys were so far gone the vet had told us he was living on borrowed time so , appreciate him well we have him.. He dose well with some bouts of weight loss and fatigue. Over the last few years he started getting acne just on his chin and as long as I kept it clean it stayed under control but, now his acne has gotten much worse it has spread to his lips, his snout and even a few sore inside his mouth and it looks painful.
    I imagine this is a symptom of the kidney disease due to a weak immune system but, what can I do?
    Has anyone else had/have a dog with kidney disease and theses symptoms?
    Thanks any help would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      I suspect you are right about the excessive chin acne being related to his weak kidney function.. Dobermans are noted for commonly having the chin acne. However, the ‘exterior’ acne can be treated with human acne OTC medications. Wiping his chin frequently with the acne pads. However, Dogs may be sensitive to gels or shampoos containing greater than 2.5% benzoyl peroxide.
      Also, washing his bowl between EACH feeding. Plastic bowls hold the oily residue, so its important to use stainless steel, or glass/ceramic bowls for food and water. ( I am former Doberman breeder)

      Here are several case study discussions concerning kidney failure, that I am sure will be of interest to you> http://www.vetinfo.com/drenal.html

  39. QUESTION:
    Anything wrong with my kid who visits toilet frequently?
    My 10 year old daughter seems to visit the toilet quite frequently. I’ve noticed that sometimes, within an hour, she can visit the toilet twice to pass urine. I’m wondering whether is this a symptom of kidney disease or is this part of growing up. Anybody can help?

    • ANSWER:
      Well I’m a teenager and I probably use the bathroom once every hour or so. We checked if I had a urinary tract infection or something, but it was clean – small bladder, I guess!

      Check with your GP if you’re concerned, but it’s probably not a big deal, especially if she drinks a lot of fluids.

  40. QUESTION:
    The disease that encompasses a group of symptoms that affect the kidney is?
    does anybody know?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t quite understand your question.
      Diabetes?
      End stage renal disease?

  41. QUESTION:
    Could I have kidney disease or something else?
    I have been having severe itching all over my body, but usually it only occures on my lower back right near my kidneys. I googled Kidney disease and I have found that in the past week, I have had at least 7 of the symptoms associated with Kidney disease. (Sweating, itching, lightheadedness, paler skin, easy bruising, frequent nightime urination, and kidney pain) I had kidney stones in the past and heard they can cause kidney disease as well, if left untreated, as mine have. I also have sharp, sudden pains that occure in the front right above my hip bone. Could this mean kidney disease or could there be a less dramatic diagnoses that I am missing?

    I’ve had complication in the past due to my kidney stones, but the worst I’ve ever had was the pain in the mornings. Now I’m showing many other symptoms of something.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s always a possibility. I think the best thing to do is to go see your doctor, it’s not like they’re going to say ‘you’re a hypochondriac gtfo you’re fine.’

  42. QUESTION:
    Found out that i have protein in urine?
    I had a normal physical today for football and in my urine test i had large amounts of protein in it. Im kind of concerned because i know that protein urine is a symptom for kidney disease.
    I am 14 years old and is this normal, and do i have to be concerned about this?

    • ANSWER:
      further testing would be needed for kideny diesese, if its a problm your doctor should probably say something to you and your parents about it. Im going out for track, i dont want to break my collerbone.

  43. QUESTION:
    early symptoms of kidney failure, from those who have been in renal failure?
    this question is for those only who have been in renal failure, please dont give me and copy/paste from webmd, i can do that.

    what were your first symptoms? did you have alot of nausea, and what finally made you decide to get checked out. im particularly interested in those who have polycystic kidney disease.

    thanks in advance, if you could share your story it would be greatly appreciated. if its more comfortable please email me, i need to know and would be so grateful for any experience you share.

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    does lisinopril cause kidney damage?
    i was prescribed lisinopril for high blood pressure 5 months ago. i was told by my PD that it protects your kidneys by loosening the blood vessels. But, i’m getting information that it causes kidney damage and kidney failure in some patients. I’m afraid that this drug has damaged my kidneys because i’m having some symptoms of kidney disease. i will get the result of my kidney function test in two days and i’m worried . Does anybody know? if so , is the damage irreversible?

    • ANSWER:
      I have an autoimmune disorder that kills my kidney tissue. My doc put me on Lisinopril because it slows the progression of kidney disease. It wouldn’t make sense for him to have put me on it if it would CAUSE kidney disease.

  45. QUESTION:
    Can Kidney problems be associated wt Lyme disease?
    I’ve recently been diagnosed wt Lyme disease and i am now seeing the symptoms of kidney problems. I was wondering is it likely for humans to have kidney problems wt Lyme disease?

    • ANSWER:
      uh huh

  46. QUESTION:
    What kind of disease can these symptoms come from.?
    I have redness in the back of the throat, frequent break-out of hives, change in urinating habits: using the bathroom alot when trying to sleep, reduce to little to no wax in the ear, more than usual mucus build up in the eyes and weight lost. Note i’ve had an HIV and cancer test for the past 2yrs and both were negative. Check for kidney effection, throat culture, high sugar what have all negative. So what can this disease be???????

    • ANSWER:
      There is not enough information to diagnose. Age, weight, medical history, allergies, medications? Come on get real.

      Frequent break outs of hives indicates recurrent exposure to an allergen. What medication are you using to get rid of the hives? Mucous build up in the eyes is not normal at all so “more than usual”? Weight loss? Are you eating? How much weight loss? You say you had a “HIV and cancer test for the past 2 yrs?” How do you do that? You either had one 2 years ago or once a year for the past 2 years. And why would you be concerned about HIV? Do you have a lifestyle that is high risk? You sound like you have an eye infection, are allergic to something that you keep coming in contact with, and dehydration. It doesn’t sound like you have a disease.

  47. QUESTION:
    My cat has constant health issues. I’ve been looking into purchasing health insurance. Any recommendations?
    Every now and then my cat will develop symptoms of kidney disease and its been real expensive to have him treated. I’ve considered purchasing health insurance for him but don’t know which one I should go with. Which is better and why?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s quite likely that any pet insurance you would get at this point would not cover a pre-existing condition, unfortunately. Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) is the oldest and largest in the United States, and I know they do have pre-existing condition restrictions. Cats may have kidney issues if they are fed dry food. You may want to consider changing your cat to a quality meat canned (or raw) food. Fed adequate nutrition, your cat will be much healthier, and you may not have to worry about unusual veterinary expense.

  48. QUESTION:
    How do i tell my parents that I want my kidney transplant early. I am 14 years old.?
    I am 14 years old, and my doctor and parents have planned for me to wait about 8 MORE YEARS. I am feeling all the symptoms of my kidney disease and i am ready now, so i can live a happy childhood.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Spencer, my heart goes out to you. I know it is not easy to bear with all the symptoms of your illness especially since you are so young. Your doctor and parents must have their reasons why it would take another 8 years. Your parents are probably guided by the doctor’s advise. Ask them why and talk to them about your illness. I am sure they will respect your need to know what’s happening.

      Meantime whatever religion or God you believe in, Pray. Pray for strength to go through it. You have to stay strong and never fall into self pity for if you do nobody will be able to pull you out except yourself. Stay positive and never let your illness beat you. I know it is easier said than done but the will to pull through and beat the illness is also part of the success of the transplant.

  49. QUESTION:
    Can a car wreck cause kidney damage?
    I had my seat belt on and when I hit into another vehical. My body hit up againsed my seat belt hard around my right kidney area. Now, after 3 years I am having symptoms of kidney disease…is that possible??? Or is this most likely caused by something else???

    • ANSWER:
      well if you weren’t treated at the hospital at the time of the accident and never had any follow up visits, then it would be hard to determin if you damaged your kidney in the accident,

      However KIDNEY DISEASE, could Not be caused by a car accident.

      Meg

  50. QUESTION:
    what are the early symptoms of a person with kidney stone disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney stones often cause no pain while they are in the kidneys, but they can cause sudden, severe pain as they travel from the kidneys to the bladder.

      Call a doctor right away if you think you have kidney stones. Watch for severe pain in your side, belly, or groin or for urine that looks pink or red. You may also feel sick to your stomach (nausea) and may vomit.


Symptoms Of Kidney Problems Treatment

Symptoms of kidney problems generally develop over a period of years. As you know, the kidneys perform many vital functions that help maintain overall health. But if the blood vessels in the kidneys are damaged, the kidneys will not clean the blood properly and symptoms of kidney problems will develop. With impaire 00004000 d kidney function, the body retains more water and salt than it should, leading to weight gain.

Early kidney disease has no kidney problem symptoms, however, it can become kidney failure with little or no warning if left undetected. Kidney disease results from damage to the nephrons which are tiny structures inside the kidneys that filter blood.

Here are common symptoms of kidney problems:

a Swelling around the face, eyes, feet and ankles

a Pain or a burning sensation during urination

a Fever

a Need to urinate more frequently

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Kidney damage in a puppy?
    My two puppies have been on the recalled food (canned Nutro Natural Choice chicken, rice, and oatmeal puppy food) and have been very sick with vomiting and bloody watery stools. They have gotten better with veterinary treatment and since they are not on the food, but now one of them is drinking a lot and her urine is clear. Does it mean that she is having problems with her kidney’s? What are the symptoms of kidney problems?

    I have already called the vet, but since it is after hours I am waiting for them to call me back. So please no “go to the vet” replies. There is not a 24 hour clinic in my area, so I have to wait for my vet. I will take her as soon as the vet calls, I am just worried now.
    Also, they have had all of their shots and tested negative for both parvo and intestinal parasites.

    • ANSWER:
      Even if your pups are not ill, wait till monday have the vet do do blood test from that they can check if values relating to kidneys or liver are abnormal, if so they can do further diagnostics, also lodge and complaint, their may very well be compensation for those dogs affected.

      I hoped your dogs are okay

  2. QUESTION:
    kidney problems?
    I have Medullary Sponge Kidneys which I have had since birth, I do suffer with these with stones and infections. My daughter was suffering with the same sort of symptoms, however she has just had a scan and she was told that she has one kidney bigger than the other and she thinks they called it duplicate kidneys?? Does anyone know what this is?

    She does suffer with infection like symptoms and pains in her kidneys?

    what would the treatment be for this??

    x
    Sorry I meant to mention that I have made an appoint ment to talk about this with the DR but we have to wait till after christmas… x

    • ANSWER:
      the doctors never discussed treatment options with you? Call your doc back and perhaps get a second opinion. Its the worst thing in the world to watch your children in pain, I wish I knew something to help your situation but all I can suggest is to see another doctor

  3. QUESTION:
    Can you explain to me everything you know about kidneys?
    Please describe in full and understandable details =)

    I’d like to know:
    - Its functions
    - How it carries out those functions
    - The excretion process (through the kidneys)
    - Problems with the kidneys
    - The causes, symptoms, treatments, and preventions of those problems
    - Etc.

    I don’t have a book to look it up from and Wikipedia’s too confusing. I’ll appreciate your help :)

    • ANSWER:
      Every vertebrate has a pair of kidneys.
      Their functional units are called nephrons. The kidney contains more than a million nephrons, which collect fluid from filtered blood. The renal arteries and renal veins carry blood to and from the kidney. The collected waste material leaves the kidney via the ureter and is stored in the urinary bladder; it is then expelled from the body through the urethra. The kidney filters 1600 liters of blood per day, producing 1 liter of urine.

      Let’s follow the process of urine formation in a nephron.

      The nephron’s cup shaped Bowmans Capsule surrounds a knot of blood capillaries called the glomerulus. Much of the bloods fluid filters into the glomerulus due to pressure from the circulatory system. Left behind are large proteins and whole cells, which are too large to fit through. This filtrate is then passed through the nephron tubule, which has 4 main parts ( proximal convoluted tubule, loop of Henle, distal convoluted tubule, and the collecting duct).
      In the proximal convoluted tubule, a considerable amount of resorbtion occurs. Small proteins, glucose, and ions are returned to the blood by active transport. Negatively charged ions follow passively, followed by the osmosis of water. About 75% of the filtrate is returned in this section of the nephron.
      The loop of Henle, lie in the medulla of the kidney, the other parts of the nephron lie outside of the medulla in the cortex. Salt is actively transported out of the filtrate, and since this area impermeable to water, water cannot follow the ions out here.
      The distal convoluted tubule, urine is then passed through here to the collecting duct where it is concentrated due to its permeability to water. It leaves the collecting duct into the pelvis of the kidney, which leads to the ureter and the bladder where it is stored.

      Regulation of Kidney function

      Urine composition and the rate of urine formation are largely regulated by hormones vasopressin, aldosterone, and angiotensin, and the enzyme rennin.

      Vasopressin (ADH) is produced by the posterior pituitary gland and increases the bodies ability to resorbtion of water. it increase the permeability of the collecting ducts.
      Diabetes insipidus is caused due to a lack of this hormone. It is characterized by thirst, and the production of large amounts of dilute urine.

      Angiotensis and Aldosterone are hormones that regulate the amount of sodium that is resorbed from the filtrate in the nephrons. Aldosterone is produced by the adrenal gland. it promotes the resorbtion of sodium by the distal tube. Its action is directed by the bloods salt content. The kidney secretes an enzyme rennin, which changes a plasma protein angiotensinogen into angiotensin, which helps to increase the production of aldosterone and the blood pressure of the kidney.

  4. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of cat kidney failure?
    I have a 19 year old cat who has NEVER had a health problem, never been to the vet except for the annual checkup and shots, eats Orijen kibble and raw food. Lately I’ve noticed him getting a bit slower, drinking a lot of water.. he is booked for a vet appointment on Thursday.. could this be kidneys? If so what treatment is there?

    • ANSWER:
      Glad to hear that he already has a Vet. appt. scheduled. I have 4 cats & my oldest, a Maine Coon was showing the same signs. Turns out….. He is diabetic.He has survived three years already on insulin shots 2Xday. Not a big deal, but if it is diabetes & that would probably be the problem of choice if you could choose, it could possibly be controlled with a special Diabetic kibble. Good luck!!!!!

  5. QUESTION:
    I need help editing my research paper. I’m really bad at papers…..please help!?
    Well, its on lupus. I have the intro and two body paragraphs, and I still need to do the conclusion. So, I was wondering what I should change on my paper, and what I need to add..? I also have to do a powerpoint based on the paper, that should last a minimum of 5 minutes up to 15.

    The reason why I chose this topic was because my dad has lupus, and I wanted to know more about the topic. He was diagnosed with lupus when he was about fourteen years old. He still receives treatment for it by going in for blood tests and taking medication He has the most common form of lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), in which causes the antibodies to react against his own normal tissue. He has arthritis and joint problems, but nothings wrong with his internal organs. To support my dad and other lupus survivors, my family and I all go to the lupus walk in honor of remembering the people who had lupus that died. The things the audience can expect to read in this paper are the different types of lupus, the symptoms, the treatment and cures.
    Lupus is the result of an unbalanced immune system that can be destructive to any organ in the body. It can be categorized into three groups: discoid lupus Erythematosus, systemic lupus Erythematosus, and drug-induced systemic lupus Erythematosus. DLE is always limited to the skin and is identified by a rash that may appear on the face, neck, and scalp. It can evolve into the systemic form, which can affect any organ or system of the body. Systemic lupus Erythematosus is more severe than discoid lupus and can affect almost any organ or organ system of the body. No two people with SLE will have identical symptoms. Drug-induced systemic Lupus Erythematosus occurs after the use of certain prescribed drugs. It is more common in men, because the drugs are given to them more often.
    Lupus is hard to diagnose because it has a wide range of symptoms involving various parts of the body; and symptoms differ from each person. Most people develop painful joints and a rash, but lupus may also cause fatigue, depressions, and kidney problems. The treatment of lupus varies from person to person because each person has different symptoms. Most people with SLE require a regular blood test to check for lupus flares. Medication is the primary medical treatment for lupus. Presently, there are no other methods available to treat lupus because there is nothing else that can have the necessary impact on the immune system. Currently, there is no cure for lupus, but with early diagnosis and proper medical treatment it can significantly help control the disease.

    thanks. it would be much appreciated!!!!

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my kidneys? Kidney Disease?
    Hello,
    for some time now I have been exeperiencing alot of problems with my kidneys (currently getting investigated). They feel like they are inflamed quite often and I feel so exhausted. Sometime when I move in a certain direction a feel them twitch. I think I may have kidney disease? Does anyone have it? If so what are your symptoms and treatments etc? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Darren L, The first thing that doctors go is for kidney Stones the can get pretty big and somes times inpossible to pass, there will be test to determine how to take care of the problem. You will need a urologist but your insurancce may require a referral by your primary doctor. If you go to web md maybe your symptoms will lead you to the problem, either way you are gonna have to go for a check up for this the doctor can tell by a couple of things in your blood test results. Do not delay a doctor’s visit. Feel Better Darren

  7. QUESTION:
    I will be seeing a doctor soon but i’d like help for possible remedies to my symptoms?
    I get heartburn easily which isnt uncommon. Over the last 6 years i have had slight pain in my left chest near the tip of the rib cage at the bottom rib. It was occasionally i had the same pain on the right side as well. A few anxiety attacks led me to use the emergency room as a doctor. I couldnt afford to see a doctor, but now i am working and have health insurance and should be seeing one soon. I recently went to the ER again, and they told me all my vital signs were okay and nothing on x-ray. Sometimes i feel whatever my condition is, it is very life threatening, and i’m not sure how much an x-ray can rule out any serious problems (that would be something I’d liked answered as well). It will take a while to see a doctor, maybe a few weeks because i’m a truck driver and making an appointment has to work with my down time. I have had a flash feeling of dizziness in my head a few times. I have trouble losing weight even when I took an all vegetable diet. I fasted 30 hours and it did help me feel better a bit. I get pains in my wrist and ankles frequently now and some times slight numbness. I feel its a few different problems i will be diagnosed with. I tried a PH balance diet for a while and while it did seam to help a little, overall no progress or improvement. I am overweight by 90 lbs now which has obvious effected me as my weight has steadily increased in the 7 years i been driving trucks. stomach sickness is associate with eating a lot. when I fasted I had the urge to vomit a few times, my empty stomach made me feel ill. the closest things i match my symptoms to online is pancreatitis. I have had a kidney problem for years, my doctor 8 years ago told me she thinks its IGA nephritis. I am planning to do a lot of swimming soon. I need more advice on what I could do to help determine my problems and feel more relief of the symptoms until i can get proper treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      Heartburn is usually due to insufficient acid/lack of enzymes. If you are taking any sort of acid blocker/antacid, please note they should not be taken more than 8 weeks due to serious health issues from lowering essential stomach acid. There are many conditions associated with low acid and one is hypothyroidism – a very common cause of being unable to lose weight due to sluggish metabolism. Deficiency states commonly seen with hypothyroidism can cause a few of your symptoms as well.

      Thyroid lab tests >>>

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/

      How to interpret test results >>>

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/lab-values/

      Insufficient stomach acid >>>

      http://www.gallbladderattack.com/hcl.shtml

      Digestive enzymes >>>

      http://www.natural-indigestion-relief.com/acid-reflux-remedies-digestive-enzymes.html

      Side effects of antacids and acid blockers >>>

      http://refluxdefense.com/heartburn_GERD_articles/side-effects-antacids-and-acid-blockers.html

  8. QUESTION:
    Canine Medical Experts: Do you agree with my vet’s course of treatment?
    My 5 year old rescued male shih tzu has been miserable for about 2 months now with worsening symptoms. He’s got allergies and has been generally uncomfortable. He has very poor conformation up front (legs as crooked as my vet’s ever seen) and his back is way long (like a dachsund) so he is just setup perfectly for pain!

    Let me preface the treatment plan by saying, I started the meds yesterday and I’m not kidding… he made it on his walk this morning for the first time in a month. Recently he would lay down after only 1/4 mile and I’d have to carry him home.

    DRUGS:
    Zyrtec 5 mg twice a day
    Rimadyl 25 mg twice a day
    Cosequin DS 1 capsule per day

    He feels that the zyrtec is very, very safe and effective for treating allergies without drowsiness. As for the Rimadyl, I’m a bit more concerned about this drug given its assoc w/ kidney problems. He said we won’t use it long term but just for now to calm things down.

    Opinions?
    What should I watch for as reaction to Rimadyl?
    Wow, such great answers already! Just as a side note. I also switched my baby to Canidae lamb & rice formula dry food just a few days ago. I am told this is a better food, so hopefully will help him. He is my angel!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sure the Rimadyl will be fine. Especially if your not going to be using it long term. For right now it’s just helping with the pain. I’ve seen dogs on Rimadyl for years without any problems. If you are really concerned there is a newer drug out there that doesn’t have the sideeffects of Rimadyl. I can’t remember the name of it for the life of me. If you ask your vet I’m sure he’ll be able to tell you. It’s on the newer side so it’s probably more expensive.

      I’m sure that your dog will be fine. Keep in contact with your vet and let him know whether he has any change in his daily behaviour like drinking alot, urinating alot or if he seems like he is in any pain. Give him lots of hugs and kisses and relax. Enjoy having a dog that is in less pain and is able to do the things that he should be able to do. Good luck

  9. QUESTION:
    Possible causes of kidney area and abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, and fatigue?
    Please don’t just tell me to see a doctor! I’ve been going to the doctor for a month now and so far they have no idea what’s wrong with me. I’m waiting on some more test results, but hoping that somebody on here may have had similar issues that could shed some light on the situation.

    Here are my symptoms:
    -Kidney area pain on the right side (Originally thought it was a kidney stone, but all tests show my kidneys are fine)
    -Abdominal pain also on the right side slightly above and inward of my hip bone
    -Very small amount of blood in my urine
    -Slightly elevated white blood cell count and higher levels of calcium (still within “normal” range)
    -Nausea which occasionally turns in to vomiting
    -Fatigue (Sometimes mild, sometimes feels like mono)
    -Very small, itchy bug-bite type things all over my body (Possibly unrelated. I haven’t given my dogs a flea treatment in awhile, but my husband doesn’t have any “bites”)

    Most of these symptoms come and go as far as extremity. It seems like each day, or portion of the day a different symptom is the dominant issue and the others are barely noticeable. Sometimes they all come on together. Like I said, this has been going on for a month now, and I’m starting to get scared because of where the pain is and the vomiting. NOT good signs…

    About two weeks before this started, I was diagnosed with a sever Vitamin D deficiency, my doctor said it was the second lowest she’d ever seen! They had me taking 50,000 UI of vitamin D once a week, they have since told me to stop, but my problems are still occurring.

    I have had an x-ray, CT Scan and ultrasound to search my abdomen and everything looks normal. No inflammation, no stones. I’ve had a 24 hour urine collection, as well as a LOT of blood tests (sorry don’t know what they were all for) but everything is normal. I am currently waiting on test results for Hyperparathyroidism. I have been doing a lot of my own research and everything I’ve found, keeps pointing me to this, so I requested the doctor to run the tests.

    I was laid off last week and my insurance is only good until the end of the month, so on my next appointment I want to go in with a list of things for them to check before my insurance is up, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!
    Thank you so much for the quick response! I forgot to mention that before all this stuff started, the doctor thought I had an ovarian cyst… I’ve now had two ultrasounds to look for that and I’m waiting on the results.
    Just got test results… No Hyperparathyroidism, and I have an ovarian cyst, but it’s pimple sized. The doctor said it’s so small that they wouldn’t bother removing it and it’s not causing my current issues.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be pregnancy, micro cysts or ulcers, stomach virus/bug, an internal infection, hemorrhaging, botulism, or just consistant cramps. A friend of mine had somewhat similar issues. And the doctors honestly didnt know $&*@

  10. QUESTION:
    Squamous metaplasia of the bladder. Has anyone been diagnosed with this and what is your treatment?
    I had urinary problems last year, had a small patch removed from my bladder and was diagnosed with this condition. I understand what it is and decided not to be overconcerned and just get on with life. I have started with similar symptoms again, but when I ake urine samples to the docs they are often clear of infection or read unspecified. My gp is vague and I am now considering paying private to see a urologist. I would love to speak with someone who has the same diagnosis or has a greater knowledge of this condition. I tend to just put up with symptoms but have got into the achy kidneys feelings again and feel like I am stepping back on a roundabout.

    • ANSWER:
      Squamous metaplasia of the bladder is not a specific diagnosis of anything. It is a histologic diagnosis. (by this i mean the pathologist who looked under the microscope saw this pattern of cell reaction) It is not a single disease that has a specific treatment. Your doctor may have told you the diagnosis to give you a name to your problems, without really explaining what it meant.

      Squamous metaplasia happens to many areas of the body in response to almost any kind of physical or chemical irritation.

      First think about the skin and what it does. The skin is composed of Squamous epithelium (the outer most layer). The skin is a very effective protective layer, it is hard to get through, it protects against repeated irritation.

      The bladder is normally lined with a different type of lining epithelium. When there is something wrong, the body is able to attempt to protect itself by changing the lining to something more resilient. This changing from one type of lining to another is what the word “metaplastic” is referring to. The bladder lining changes to a squamous lining. The bladder will also change back once the irritation goes away. If you were biopsied again at a later date, when you had no symptoms, it probably would have been normal.

      Now, unfortunately this does not entirely help you with your current problem. You could have the same problem you had before, or it could be something else. I can not speak to your current situation as to how you get your health care, but if your not satisfied with how you are treated, see someone else. But either way, if your having symptoms, you should see someone.

  11. QUESTION:
    Final stage of Kidney Failure?
    Person I know has had kidney problems since 1995. Last known kidney function was between 5%-10%. They were told to go on Dialysis a couple weeks ago. I’m not asking about treatments other than Dialysis or transplant. But no they have not done either. This person could not walk a couple days ago, They feel very sick very often lately. Now they are vomiting.. What are the final symptoms that this person is going to die? Will they make it without Dialysis for a couple more days? I know they’re out of luck, don’t say anything about not going on Dialysis. Wasn’t my choice. Just please be nice and give me information. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry for you friend but “luck” has nothing to do with this. I was at 2% and more dead than anything. The reason I am here today is because I was when I was found bleeding from my head after passing out I was blessed to have my mom find me on he floor and call in the troops while I came to still adamant that I would be ok.Divine intervention still has me here today…..alive and with a new kidney. You are both in my prayers and please e-mail with any update..GOD BLESS.

  12. QUESTION:
    serious kidney questions?
    Ok, i know a little about kidney disease because my dad has it, he had a transplant 21 years ago but because he developed PML he had to stop his anti immune drugs (cyclosporin) because they feared the virus would spread inside his brain stem (and it did any way) to make a long story short after 10+ years of living with pml his kidneys have failed again and is on dyalisis.

    Now my husband is having problems and his mother (a crazy ex rn) says its his kidneys
    his symptoms are as follows:

    1. smell of whatever he had drank in his urine (apple juice, coffee etc)
    2. constant fatique
    3. pain in back and stomach when having to urinate

    BUT yet again my husband absolutely drinks NO WATER! NONE ever, he does drink juice but i think that can be even more trying on the kidneys because of all the crap they put in juice to make it sweet.

    i am just really scared because i am in way want to see my husband go through what my dad has been through, and he said he wouldnt go on dyalisis or get a transplant because he has seen what my dad has gone through.

    my dad got kidney disease from letting multiple cases of infections such as strep throat go with out treatment. my husband never goes to the doctor for anything either.

    help :(

    • ANSWER:
      I have those same symptoms. I am going to the doc monday about it. My urine smells like whatever I’ve drank too, but I didn’t know that was a symptom of anything.

      I was thinking I had a kidney infection. I bet thats what it is and probably what your husband has.

  13. QUESTION:
    Severe lower back pain for over 4 months: Doctor is now suspecting a kidney problem. Advice?
    I had a baby in October of ’08 and I had a cesarean section. From December, I started having lower back pain occasionally. It would last a couple of days to a week at the most and felt like I had just pulled something. I rested, and it went away. I have a big baby and I figured it was just strain on my muscles etc. Well, since then its happened more often and for longer periods. The most recent episode has lasted for about a month now. I initially went to see a chiropractor who did Xrays. He found that I have mild scoliosis and some disk degeneration but hes been treating me for 3 weeks, every day and he is puzzled. He told me to go to my MD and get treatment from her because its something beyond him. He says my pain levels should have gone down by now, and the pain is really becoming more focused on an area that is above where he is seeing probs on the xrays. BTW the pain is now so bad that at times I cant even walk, and it radiates to my hips and down my legs.

    So I went to my MD today. I have been running a fever for 4 days, I have blood in my urine. She has ordered a full panel of blood tests, more xrays, and depending on those results she might order an MRI. But her first suspicion is a kidney stone or kidney infection. Im going to take the tests tomorrow and ask for them to be rushed.

    Im confused… can a kidney infection left untreated over months just get worse and worse and become so painful that one cant even walk or twist? Im super worried and wondering what I can do in the meantime over the next few days to relieve symptoms beyond pain medication. I have a 7 month old to take care of and not much of a support system so Im worried. Advice? Anyone experienced this?
    Hi I had a bleed at 8 and 13 weeks but it resolved on its on. When I had the cesarian section I assume they had a pretty good view of my uterus and cleaned me out very well. I had an excellent OBgyn. But I will mention this possibility to my doctor cos we are exploring all avenues, to be safe. Its kinda scary, really…

    • ANSWER:
      Did the placenta come out completely intact ?

      You may have remnants of placental material left in your uterus from delivery. If that is the case and it has not been treated it would be giving you a raging infection that could spread to your urethra and so on to your bladder and kidneys.

      When my second baby was 10 days old I passed a palm size piece of liver looking material. The lab diagnosed it as remnants of the placenta. My GP (who also delivered the baby) put me on antibiotics when I went in to show him the ‘liver’ and when he got the lab test results back he put me on 2 more different types of antibiotics as well.
      I also was given a curettage to clean out any remaining placenta in the uterus.

      My GP had inspected the placenta and showed it to me at the time of the birth and it appeared intact. However the lab identified it as being near the edge of the placenta itself and stipulated that that portion must have broken off when I was 13 weeks pregnant and had a bleed. The placenta healed itself and the other portion was separate.

      I wish you all the best.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it UTI or Kidney infection?
    I had UTI detected and I did take treatment also. After that for a few months I didnt have any such problems, nor even the urge to urinate or the pain during urination. But for a 2 weeks I am suffering from lower abdomen pain, nausea, temperature rise, back pain and now for a 3 days sore breasts as well. I consulted a dr 5 days ago and she said only small amount of infection is there. But now I see that these all are symptoms when the kidney is affected. I am afraid..Is it so? I dont have pain during urination..

    • ANSWER:
      you can cure any infection with this method…
      when the body is having a disease, the patient should not be given a nutritious food… he should be asked to fast for 7 or 10 day… but he can take unlimited fruits(not sweet) and uncooked vegetables… this is also called semi-fasting method…during semi-fasting, the bodies energies will be conserved to fight and throw out the disease…that is why , patients are asked to stop so many negative foods …all high nutritious foods are negative foods for sick people…

      sages consider water and uncooked vegetables as gods…by taking daily ,2 or three coldwater headbaths, you will be incresing your disease… yes, you are correct… by increasing or aggravating the disease, we can throw out the disease…
      a person requires so much culture and intelligence, to understand the basic principles of holistic healing … this is part of yoga and spirituality…this is great indian science…
      i am telling you about indian thinking, which the new generation has forgotten or is ignorant of culture…though this is called hindu thinking , these methods are prevalent in china,egypt japan,and east asia…
      that is why , i am doing this service to sick people in yahoo and otherwise, to awaken people of their slumber…this is great Hindu method,which does not require any expenditure to cure any type of disease…write me…kumrao99@yahoo.co.in

      holistic healing method may take 20 or more days….
      you should avoid
      `1. all milk products, namely milk,curd,buttermilk(chas-hindi),tea,cof… for two months..
      2…you should avoid all sweets made of sugar, gur,honey…
      3…you should avoid all sweet fruits for one month(mango,sapota,papaya,etc)and cool drinks.
      4…you can take all wheat and rice preparations,ragi java,…
      5. you should take daily 400 gms of uncooked cucumber( or 100 gms of radish) and 3 betel leaves daily.
      6.you should avoid smoking and alcohols,nonveg,fish,eggs for 2months
      write me kumrao99@yahoo.co.in

  15. QUESTION:
    rare Interferon side effects when used for melanoma?
    my step dad has melanoma and is having interferon treatment. He was admitted to the ICU early this morning with severe muscle pain and weakness, kidney failure, liver problems, signs of dehydration even though he isnt dehydrated, and extremely low BP. he is normally on high BP medication which has been stopped. They are telling us that there is a rare side effect where the muscles start eating away at themselves but they cant give us any reason for the rest of the symptoms. anyone have any anwsers?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello friend,
      Melanoma is a nasty disease! I lost my husband to it six years ago. As a nurse myself; I have never heard of “muscles eating away at themselves” from chemo-therapy. Obviously, Interferon is a toxic drug; all cancer drugs are and it does cause a diverse range of symptoms. Sorry to tell you but melanoma does not respond well to chemo but it’s always worth trying.
      Good luck and many prayers to your step-dad and you. Hang in there and enjoy every day.

  16. QUESTION:
    Kidney failure in only 1 kidney – what’s the outlook?
    My other half’s mum has just found out that one of her kidneys has failed. This was apparently to do with some incorrect drugs they gave her as part of her bladder cancer treatment some years ago (and something they expected may happen) She is already feeling the effects of reduced kidney function, which suggests to me, the kidney has failed suddenly. There are no plans to remove the kidney as yet. My questions are:

    She was diagnosed with diabetes around a year ago, which seems to be under control with diet and medication (oral), will this affect her at all?

    Should she be aware of potential necrosis of the failed kidney, what are the symptoms?

    Will the other kidney try to compensate for the failed one, how long will this take roughly?

    Is there any chance the failed one will start working again?

    She’s 82, not overweight. Only other medical problems are diabetes, bladder cancer and heart murmur (only!)

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, so you must have heard of live kidney transplants right? That is when a person donates their kidney to someone else, when they are ALIVE. Doctors allow people to do this because the body actually needs only 1 working kidney to function. So, unlike what Arturo says, she does NOT need to watch salt intake etc etc, all she has to do is have regular checkups on the other kidney. Yes, thats all.

      As for the failed kidney working again, that depends on why it failed and how much it failed. So, I’m afraid I can’t answer that. Her doctor should be able to answer that though.

      Good luck, and email if you have any more questions.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can a kidney infection go undetected for a couple of years?
    I was just treated for a kidney infection. I presented with extremely sore joints and swollen feet. Couldn’t even walk upon first arising in the morning w/o putting athletic shoes on for protection. I went to the dr and she tested for everything including rheumatoid ar. Tests came back with a kid inf. I was put on antibiotics and prednisone. Within two days it was like a miracle ALL joint and soft tissue pain was gone. In hindsight however, I had soft tissue pain (10 or greater) all over my body for months if not over a year. I kept telling people that my body felt like a bruise. I was very suspicious of fibromyalgia. I literally could not be touched. When I got pedi I always declined the massage and told them not to touch me it hurt so bad. I got a new mattress bc I thought it was that. I purchased very expensive shoe inserts to aid in my foot pain, I avoided stairs at all costs, migraines had gotten worse, anxiety, heart palpitations increased (I have mitral valve prolapse but was mostly asymptomatic), I had a stretch where I was plagued with gum problems and dental work. I had so many symptoms that I was relating to hypothyroidism, aging and or menopause. It wasn’t until the inflammation and pain “flared”, got worse and went into my joints that sent me to the dr. Then they found and treated the kidney infection. After I was cured ALL of these other symptoms were completely gone. So now I am thinking that I had this kidney infection for a year or better. It was like night and day. And like I said in hindsight it made me think that perhaps all this time I had a kidney infection and didn’t know it. That was where my question comes in can someone have a kidney infection for a couple of years and not know it? Should I be worried that I had some kidney damage. I was treated and feel great no adverse or symptoms. Even my gums feel like they have gone back to normal which is weird bc I was constantly running to the dentist for treatment for a while there. I was taking up to 8 pain pills a day too. Couldn’t even get through the day without it. After treatment not one aspirin is needed. I am just mystified as to how I didn’t know that I had a kidney infection. Also I had been to the dr three other times for unrelated issues getting my thyroid levels checked, meno etc but everytime while there I would mention this full body soft tissue pain (she didn’t look into it further bc I was in there for unrelated reasons) I would tell her my body feels like a bruise. I looked up fibro and I didn’t fit the profile other than the full body soft tissue pain.

    Like I said I am just curious. I have tried to search about this but not much info out there.

    Thanks for any enlightenment
    I’m new to this… thanks for the ANSWERS. Jared you are right my pain on your scale prolly a 6. Also, I did have other unlisted symptoms I noticed my urine was dark a couple of times but thought I was dehydrated. Looking back it makes sense but it didn’t raise flags until it went into joints and sent me to a dr. Thanks for all of the answers.
    I don’t see a “reply” function so I will just add my comments to “add detail” Jared thank you so much for your answer. No I am not on long term prednisone. And your reasons given for the dr missing the diagnosis makes sense. In fact that is exactly what happened. I really appreciate your help. Also, I don’t know how to do “best answer” or I would have given you one.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can. I do believe you are one such case that had a Kidney infection (Pyelonephritis) and you attributed the general symptoms it presents (a common thing) to other diagnosis.

      Though I have seen other patients with kidney damage that resulted from long term Pyelonephritis.. so it is absolutely possible.

      Though you were severely effected by this infection, — if the treatment of the infection removed symptoms that have lasted for a great deal of time, they were definitely attributed to the kidney(s) and resulting infection. Your signs while also typical of many other illness, are also textbook for Pyelonephritis.

      Typical symptoms would include: Back pain, Chills with shaking, Severe abdominal pain,Fatigue,Fever
      General ill feeling, Mental changes or confusion, Skin changes,Flushed or reddened skin, Moist skin (diaphoresis), Warm skin, Urination problems, Blood in the urine, Cloudy or abnormal urine color, Foul or strong urine odor, Increased urinary frequency or urgency, Need to urinate at night (nocturia), Painful urination, Vomiting, and of course nausea.

      Your joint pain is VERY specific to pyelonephritis due to infection. Sort of the same type of process of toxicity of Uric Acid that is present in Gout.. though spread through all or many joints.

      Also, as for your pain reference — the scale online goes to 10 at the highest. Most people in long term chronic pain are not above a 7 or so. A 10 would be having me cut you open down the chest and abdominal wall and operate while you were completely awake. (10 is the most pain you can possibly feel) – Though the scale isn’t terribly useful because people don’t know how to properly reference it to their pain, and ‘the highest’ is always given to try and emphasize how bad/uncomfortable things are. But I digress.

      A doctor would miss this because of the generality of symptoms.. Though the joint pain should have clued them in especially if it was in most joints. It isn’t a hard diagnosis to make, but without specifically testing it doesn’t just jump out at you. Though even a basic CBC test should have shown elevated white cell counts to clue in upon..

      Did you leave out any symptoms, now that you think of it, that might have helped in zero’ing in on the disease? Any urinary tract problems, problems with urine, changes you noticed that were ‘odd’ in the color/texture/smell of urine? Any flank pain that was sharper than the rest of the general aching? etc..

      The important thing is you are successfully treated! There are many conditions that are a ‘mystery’ to patients and doctors alike that just haven’t been successfully diagnosed. These people live every day in their misery and pain when it can be treated. Often it is common to push physical symptoms into a psychosomatic diagnosis (ie: Depression..etc) when multiple visits turn up no obvious results. This is the hardest on people because it sort of closes the case on the physical. But your doctor didn’t do this, even with a fibromyalgia Dx.

      Take care,

  18. QUESTION:
    I need some help me to polish a proofread paper?
    I have my paper here done and i did some of my editing, but it doesn’t run smoothly. So, i need some experts to help me to with the sentence structures in this paper. Thanks!
    This is what my research paper looks like:
    CRYSTAL METH
    Youth Shelter Worker reports “kids on crystal just lose it, break things, do property damage. They hurt themselves” (as cited in Hendley, 2006, P.163). Crystal Meth is also called methamphetamine which comes with different terms, such as Biker’s coffee, Blue meth, Chalk, Hot Ice, Ice, Speed, Crank, and many other meth names. With these various names, meth has the shape that is “clear, chunky crystal” (CBC, 2005, paragraph 1) which contains two quick-to-bond methyl (CH3 or methane with a hydrogen atom removed) hole (Langton, 2007). When it heats, it will begin to dissolve into white, yellow, or even pink powder (Street level consulting, 2008). Crystal meth did not exist until the Second World War from 1939-1945. It used to distribute among many soldiers for fighting off drowsiness or exhaustion (Langton, 2007). By 1950, people such as athletes, dieters, and college students began to use crystal meth. For example, athletes used it for gaining strengths for a better performance, dieters used it for losing weight, and college students used it for all night study session (Schleifer, 1999). Gradually until today, some adolescents begin to use crystal meth in the rave parties. Other than adolescents, gay males, people in rural, and the people in the bath houses also use crystal meth. Sometimes, crystal meth can be seen in some locations such as clubs, empty houses, streets, and home. According to 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it reports “at least approximate 10.4 million of American teens who were aged twelve or older used meth at least once in their life for recreational use, representing 4.3% of the U.S. population in that age group” (Methamphetamine-addiction, 2008, paragraph 1). Most adolescents involves within the drug issue because it makes them feel hyperactive, ecstasy, judicious and beautiful (Schleifer, 1999). The addicts feel energetic and addictive after taking meth is because a stimulant which “increases the levels of two neurotransmitters, nor epinephrine, dopamine, and stamina” (Ramon, 2008, paragraph 4). Any meth users, who become addicted, are very likely to have violent behaviors, loss of appetite, depression, disorganized life style, hallucination, numbness, insomnia, increase of heart rate, fatal kidney, and lung disorders, as a result (Schleifer, 1999). Even though the meth has caused the users to have negative effect, some treatments would help the addicts to recover. One of the treatments that might be able to help the addicts is to attend meth rehab program. This program is not only does it help the addicts to detox, but there are some support groups can “provide with knowledge on how to change [the addicts’] lives and how to live comfortably without meth” (stop meth addiction, 2008, paragraph 1). Another treatment to support the meth users is to take pills which are given from a support group. The pills work like an antibiotic that remove any meth drugs inside the users’ body. This treatment is mainly looked for immediate physical symptoms (stop meth addiction, 2008). Crystal meth becomes an important issue which causes much harm to adolescents and adults mentally and physically. To prevent from anymore of these serious problems, adolescents should be taught to understand about what is crystal meth and its disadvantage use on human body.

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, I read the paper and it has a lot more work to be done. If I edit this paper, in its current form, it will no longer resemble a paper written by you. I think you might want to try to take a deep breath and re-read it very slowly and see where you are missing the subjunctive “that” and where your sentence structure is not very solid. Take it sentence by sentence. You may wish to choose different phrases to make the paper appear less “oral” and more “written.” This draft of the paper just seems very rough to me and you will need to do more of the work on your own before asking for help. Once you have it in a more complete format, I would be happy to help you. Good luck.

  19. QUESTION:
    how do i know if i have kidney stones?
    please dont answer unless you know, im going to highschool soon and i need to get a physical but i really dont want one. one i was wondering i understand kidney stones form in the kidney, but you can also pee them out. one i was wondering what are symptoms, and if i get just a regular physical can they tell if i have the stones or they can just tell if i have a hernia. i dont really have that bad of problems except the tip of my penis hurts a little bit everyone once in a while, but i think it might a hallucination. and i have to pee like every 10minutes but i started doing this a few days ago and my parents say its because of the dramatic change of weather, it happens. my last question is what is a hernia, whats the treatment? thank you

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    could my symptoms be a std or some uti?
    i am a 45 year old female with one partner in the past year and no partners in the three before that.
    i had woke up with a huge amount of discharge that had an odor and creamish color to it.
    the discharge was so bad i neeeded to wear pads with it. extremely weird.
    i dont have discharge and havent since i had a hysterectmy in 1992.
    it seems worse after i urinate.the discharge.

    i was told it was prob just thrush so got an over the counter medication u take once. its goin on 2 weeks and it did not work.

    the dischrge is still ther but it is odorless now but the color runs white to yellow and very wet i had to go and buy pads to keep it from gong thru my clothes
    since i have tried the over the conter (like a monistat in america).

    i now have presssure in my lower abdomen or bladder and my urethers/ the tubes to the bladder..my lower back pain is uncurable pain- i have ms so it is normal anyway so i dont know if that pain belongs to it or not? but i seem to be eating painkillers i am presribed like candy, which makes me feel like im making it worse by that

    wheni urinate its not that it burns but feels really hot like it has been boiled. and only sometimes. i dont go very ofte during the day but im up alot at night.

    im really confused by this because with the ms i get uti’s alot but nothing like this and never with discharge.

    ive been looking online and coming up with chlamdia but i dont know how that is possible ue to lak of sexual activity and no problems until now.

    my partner had some sort of rash around the top f hispenis last week but his went away without treatment. his was thrust he said. i dont think he has done anything behind my back he is not that type of person so i do believe him.

    in october i had a really bad kidney infection that came on with no symtms and urinated as if i was having my period( no exageration) i was rushed to the dr and the dr had to sit down as it was so bad without any symptoms to come before this.
    i was given medication and cleared and had none o these symptoms.

    any ideas and any help would be helpful.
    thankyou in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I can’t tell you what you have but I think chlamydia sometimes is asymptomatic so it is possible that you had a for a long time but didn’t even know it.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the rush? Marshall?
    The rush as explained in my other questions is that I am having severe flank pain and symptomology of kidney issues. I have had 2 pregnancies before with moderate hydronephrosis and pyelonephritis and some kidney damage. I am having the same symptoms as before. I had a renal sonogram that show very little obstruction and the sonographer said my kidney was retaining urine and the tract looked enlarged. The doctors said I was fine. This time I have not been referred to a urologist as I have been 2 times before and the urologist found the obstruction via an MRI pyelogram. I have read that a pyelogram with urology protocol are much more reliable in finding antomical obstruction which is what I have had in the past and what I suspect is happening again. Because there was a delay in treatment I ended up with scarring. My doctors even a perinatologist suspects kidney problems but refuse to refer to a urologist, refuse to do a pyelogram (I know the risks during pregnancy) I am in pain!!

    • ANSWER:
      I would go ahead and make an appointment with a urologist. It never hurts to be careful when you are pregnant.

  22. QUESTION:
    anyone had blood in the urine and in the stool and dizziness?
    Hi all,

    My boyfriend (22 years old) has been to the doctors a few times in the past couple of months. Obviously we will be going back to push for further testing etc but in the meantime I am trying to learn as much as i can so he and I know the right questions to be asking etc at the doctors office and so that we can look out for certain things etc.

    I’m obviously not looking for a diagnosis or any concrete answers etc, just hoping someone might have some information, knowledge or experiences to share?

    So I was wondering if anyone has had blood in the urine (detected by a dip sick test) it’s not actually visible.. and black stools, not fresh blood, but pitch black blood that had come from higher up in the digestive tract. or either of these things??

    My boyfriend was feeling very dizzy the other evening and all through the night and the dizziness continued through the whole next day and appears to be coming and going.

    So we went to A and E where they found the blood in his urine using a dip stick.

    They said thet there were two specific things that they DIDN’T find, I think they were white blood cells lymphocytes? which would indicate infection? and nitrates? (might be using completely the wrong words here..) that would indicate bacteria was present and the stuff that would be the by products of such nasties..

    Anyway, he said that this means there is blood present but he doesn’t know why and without further investifatio he cannot definitely link it to the dizziness.

    Prior to this (about a month and a half before hand) my boyfriend had a few days of black stools that was confirmed at hospital as blood in his stools coming from higher up in the digestive tract.

    I’m wondering what could be going on and whther the two can be related?

    Also when he had the black stools he was told he had microscopic amounts of blood in the urine. However the more recent dipstick (at A&E) showed much higher quantities of blood in the urine, so it would appear it is either getting worse, is chronic or it is coming and going.. or other such possibilities..)

    He has had years of mild to moderate non specific digestive complaints such as severe hunger pains, possible acid reflux?? When he had the blood int he stool they did a gasteroscopy and found no cause for the bleeding but noted inflammation in the stomach and oesophegus.. yet they discharged him without any further investigation or treatment!!??

    I’m wondering if there are any obvious conditions that would cause all these symptoms?

    We have obviously considered thing like kidney stones, sti’s, UTI- he has no pain when passing urine though..

    And the more serious kidney problems, cancers etc.

    I guess I was just hoping to hear from people in a similar situation.

    Have you got any advice on things to look out for? Questions to ask at the doctors? Tests to ask for? What was your diagnosis? What tests have you had?

    The A&E doctor suggested an ultrasound, camera up the urethra, kidney biopsy, etc

    Anyone have an information, knowledge or experiences to share?

    Thanks in advance Abi !!

    • ANSWER:
      see a specialist.

  23. QUESTION:
    ex says he has genital warts but she is clean?
    My sis in law has just split with her idiot boyfriend…….he txt her tonight to say he has gential warts and she mustve gave them to him, she insists she was faithful and she has no symptoms herself, im convinced he is just being a twat (he really is a vile man) and is just trying to wind her up, but she has taken it to heart, she also has severe kidney problems and also problems with her liver & pancreas and is always in and out of hospital having various tests on a weekly basis and her imune system is always low but she has no symptoms for this, i have looked it up on google and omg they are disgusting and she is crapping herself now.
    she wants to know if there is anything she can do now to prevent her getting them if he is telling the truth and has them, i have tried to find out but i just cant find anything apart from treatment once you get them.

    anyone know the answer???

    • ANSWER:
      Well, as common with most STDs you can contract it and not even know, some people will get an STD and never know that they have it. And without having a break out I don’t know if she can be tested for it. And just being warts, it could either be herpes or HPV, it’s very common with HPV to not show symptoms. I would have her go to a clinic to get tested, and talk to someone, it’s better to be safe than sorry. And I’m really sorry that this guy is such a dick, I wish your sister luck, and a better guy :]

  24. QUESTION:
    Methamazole / acute kidney failure?
    My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She was put on methamazole 1/2 twice daily. She had her blood tests, & the levels were still high. So the vet prescribed 1 tablet twice daily. She was on this for about 6 months. The last blood test showed the level of thyroid hormone was undetectable. Too low, vet quickly lowered back to the first dose. Before I even had the new dose in her but 1 day, she became quite tired. I called the vet er, they said maybe it needed to get out of her system. Soon she could barely move, & eventually fell over in the kitchen. I took her to the vet er, she was in acute kidney failure. I had to help her out of pain. I am devistated. as this was a complete shock. The symptoms began & ended all within 3 days. I am wondering if a cats body can change as far as levels, & what could have caused her kidney failure that quick. I also had a male, w/ hyperthyroidism & kidney disease, he was treated also with methamazole, 1/2 tablet once a day. Also a blood pressure pill. He did go blind, as his retinas detached. It was a miracle, a day after treatment of the high blood pressure, he focused on me. He got his sight back! He was going downhill though still, as he was 15. The female above was 14. After she died, it was only 2 days, & my boy couldn’t even walk, as a Mom, I had to help him also. They got the blood tests at the same time, his level was perfect she said. I had no idea he had the thyroid problem til he lost his sight. I lost my two best friends in the same week. I noticed with both of them, after starting the methamazole, they stopped purring. Were not the same little “people” they used to be. I know I did the right thing for them, as they were older, and the blood tests came back horrible. There was nothing I could do. I need to know if this medication may have threw them both into renal failure. I am 42, an adult woman, its been a week….& I’m still crying like a child. Any opinion, advice, or answers would mean alot. Thank you.
    Apologizing ahead, as this is my first time here, on questions. I may have put this in the wrong category. Thought I put it on “Pets”…looks like it appeared on “diseases”?? I hope others can find it. Thank you ahead for any replies that are given, it means so much. I want to do the very best I can with any extra knowledge. I have one cat left, “Furgis”….and I want to do the best I can for him. He is only 6…..I want him to live a long and happy life.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a cat that lived to be 19. The last 6 years of his life he was on methamazole. It did wonders for his hyperthyroidism.
      Sometimes the best efforts of the vets just don’t do the trick. I am so sorry you lost your cats. They really are wonderful creatures. Please get another one or two that need homes.

  25. QUESTION:
    Question about my speech?
    What do you think of my speech? Could you edit it or tell me where to add or take out things??

    Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. I wonder how many of you could tell me what these people had in common. Today, I will be discussing the STD, Syphilis.

    Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed through blood. A child in the womb can be exposed or if direct contact with syphilis sore is made, the disease can be contracted.

    Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported on other areas of the body like in the mouth or on the back.

    Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages. The Primary phase is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk.

    Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days and after 1 week it will disappear, but this does not mean that the disease is gone.

    The secondary phase develops 4 to 10 weeks after the shanker appears. This is when the majority of symptoms begin to appear such as fever, joint pain, muscle aches, sore throat, rash, headache, decreased appetite, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes.

    People often mistake this for the flu because these are all flu symptoms. This phase can go away without treatment, but then the third phase will commence.

    The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the early stages of this phase, first one to two years, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage.

    More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass them on to baby foetus through the womb.

    The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the first one to two years of this phase, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious.

    But pregnant woman can still pass the disease to their foetus through the womb. This stage is a very dangerous one as it can appear that the infection has gone, but without treatment it will not. In severe cases this phase can cause, gradual blindness, numbness and even dementia.

    There is one more rather uncommon phase known as the Tertiary Phase. This phase is rarely seen in modern times because of the aid of penicillin. But the unlucky people who develop this phase are faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems.

    Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, such as influenza, that is why syphilis can be referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, as it mimics other diseases.

    Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned a lot is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is the occurrence after a foetus has been infected in a womb.

    The form of syphilis can cause many abnormalities in the child such abnormalities as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection, skin rashes and more.

    Syphilis is an equal opportunity disease! Anyone who has sex can contract it. Therefore the only way to completely avoid it is through avoiding sexual contact. The highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39.

    Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006. Doctors believe this is because people are NOT having safe sex and are NOT aware of all the risks taken by having irresponsible sexual activity.

    Between 2005 and 2006, the number of reported syphilis cases increased by 11.8%. Rates have increased in males each year between 2000 and 2006 from 2.6 to 5.7. In 2006, 64% of the reported syphilis cases were with men who have sex with men. It is also reported that men are more vulnerable in contracting syphilis.

    Syphilis is now treated by the use of penicillin, doctors do advise that while being treated you avoid all sexual contact. And every 6-12 months an annual check up is required.

    Some interesting, yet alarming, facts I unfolded whilst studying syphilis are – The infamous Tuskegee experiments in the US were experiments in which black men with syphilis were intentionally denied treatment so that the effects of untreated syphilis could be studied.

    None of them were deliberately infected, however; they were “merely” permitted to get sicker and were misled as to the true nature of their condition. Another is that for centuries the treatment of choice for syphilis was mercury, which was painted onto the sore. This had the unfortunate side effect of causing a slow death by mercury poisoning.

    I hope that through my speech you have learnt more about the STD syphilis and know what to do if it comes your way.
    Syphilis – An “oldie” but not a “goodie”
    I am in Yr. 9

    • ANSWER:
      I just skimmed through, but I noticed you did not cite your sources, and that is a must!!! for college. I also have a college informative speech guide that my professor gave me that I could scan over to you if you wanted it.

  26. QUESTION:
    Help with speech!!????????
    Can you please edit my speech or help me put in more personal opinions and interesting facts?? THANK YOU! To make it more fun to listen to.

    Speech:

    Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. I wonder how many of you could tell me what these people had in common. It might surprise you that they all had, at some stage, syphilis. So, today, I will be discussing the perimeters of a specific STD, Syphilis. The disease was discovered in 1905 by Fritz Schauddin & Erich Hoffman.

    Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed on through blood transferring, child in womb can be exposed or direct contact with the syphilis sore. Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported otherwise.

    Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages and one not so common anymore. Primary phase; this is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk. Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days, after 1 week it will disappear, but the disease will not.

    The secondary phase includes many more symptoms. It may build up 4-10 weeks after the shanker appears. The common symptoms are: fevers, joint pains, muscle aches, sore throats, flu-like symptoms, rashes, headaches, decreased appetites, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes. This phase can go away without treatment, but the third phase will commence. The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the early stages of this phase, first one to two years, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass them on to baby foetus through the womb.

    The one, not so common, phase now is the ‘tertiary phase’. This isn’t seen much anymore because of the aid of penicillin. But for the unlucky people who contract this phase they are normally faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems.
    Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, that is why syphilis can be referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, because it mimics other diseases.

    Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned a lot is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is the occurrence after a foetus has been infected in a womb. The form of syphilis can cause many abnormalities in the child such abnormalities as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection, skin rashes and more.

    Syphilis can be exposed to anyone who has sex, but the highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39. Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not researching for you but here are some corrections so the piece will flow more smoothly. Also, there are some notes on where you need more research to complete the piece. Hope this helps –

      TITLE: The Great Pretender

      Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. Can you tell me what these people had in common? Syphilis. Today, I will be discussing the STD, Syphilis. All of you have heard of it but do you really know anything about it?

      The disease was discovered in 1905 by Fritz Schauddin & Erich Hoffman. (How? Why? What kind of research was being performed that led to this discovery?) Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed through blood. A child in the womb can be exposed or if direct contact with a syphilis sore is made, the disease can be contracted. Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported on other areas of the body. (WHERE ON THE BODY? BE SPECIFIC.)

      Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages. The Primary phase is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk. Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days and after 1 week it will disappear, but this does not mean that the disease is gone.

      The secondary phase develops 4 to 10 weeks after the shanker appears. This is when the majority of symptoms begin to appear such as fever, joint pain, muscle aches, sore throat, rash, headache, decreased appetite, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes. People often mistake this for the flu because these are all flu symptoms. This phase can go away without treatment, but then the third phase will commence.

      The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the first one to two years of this phase, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass the disease to their fetus through the womb. (This paragraph needs more detail and makes little sense. Are people outwardly ill during this phase? Are they contagious? If so, how? Through sexual contact? Blood contact? Contact of mucous membranes? This area needs more research).

      There is one more rather uncommon phase known as the Tertiary Phase. This phase is rarely seen in modern times because of the aid of penicillin. But the unlucky people who develop this phase are faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems. (Like what? Cancers? Heart disease? Does their skin fall off? Does their brain die?? What happens to them?)
      Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, that is why syphilis has been referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, because it mimics other diseases.

      Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned often is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is Syphilis that occurs when a fetus has been infected in the womb. This form of syphilis can cause many birth abnormalities in the child such as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection and skin rashes.

      Syphilis is an equal opportunity disease! Anyone who has sex can contract it. Therefore the only way to completely avoid it is through avoiding sexual contact. The highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39. Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006. (Are there any reasons why doctors think this is happening? Do YOU have any idea’s on this?)

      **You need a closing statement. Your speech needs to have a point – did you simply want your peers to know about the disease? Do you want them to avoid it? Are you concerned that the number of cases in infants has increased? Do you think more research needs to be done on it? There needs to be a logical end to this – a statement that closes the discussion**

  27. QUESTION:
    Budgie Treatment For Polyuria?
    I’m looking for over the counter or home remedy cures for Polyuria in budgies.

    My Budgie urinates an excessive amount of water and he drinks twice as much as any other budgie, all this water also affects his poo, it’s more a white creamy colour than anything else and comes out in long strands.

    I took him to the vet and they gave him some drops on his neck incase it’s a parasite infection and gave me a weeks supply of Baytril which I gave him. It did not do anything for him, in fact I think it made him worse. I took him back and they said there’s nothing else they can do for him and I have to take him to an Avian specialist.

    The problem is the nearest specialist is over two towns away and I have neither the money nor the means to get him there, not only that I can’t afford to pay for all the tests he needs doing.

    I’ve looked online and searched out his symptoms. Everything seems to be pointing to a kidney infection, most likely Polyuria.

    All I need to know is of any way I can home treat my budgie.

    Can anyone please help? can anyone please give me suggestions?
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    • ANSWER:
      Polyuria is a symptom not a disease. Poly means, many or excessive, uria for urine. Polydipsia means, excessive drinking. Polyuria can be caused by many things, kidney or liver disease, lack of food, tumors, even pneumonia. Your only hope is to take him to the avian vet. Generally liver and kidney disease can be determine with a blood test. Talk to the vet you went to and ask if it will help to give him distilled water. Distilled water is better than tap water if the bird has visceral gout. It is not a cure.

      Liver and kidney disease along with many or the other causes of polyuria can be caused by infectious disease. While it may be expensive and time consuming to take him to an avian vet, if his condition is caused by an contagious disease, all your other birds are at risk.

  28. QUESTION:
    Long term neurological(?) problems, need advice regarding another MRI?
    I assure you that I’m not a hypochondriac of any sort, just trying to understand what has been going on for so many years. I know it’s a lot to read, but I am desperate for advice.

    My Symptoms:
    * Sudden dizzy spells, seemingly random (Not related to body position, food/drink, time of day, etc. Cannot find a common cause – even sitting at the computer, these spells can strike without warning.)
    Dizziness easily aggravated by camera movement in games/media, but then again, this happens to many people?

    * Fuzzy memories, randomly forgetting words, names, bits of conversation, reason for coming into a room, etc. Feels like I’m getting old, but I’m only 24.

    * Constant “uncomfortable” feeling in the back of the head, not quite a headache (not a sharp pain, and does not throb)

    * Poor balance, sometimes unintentionally leaning when standing or walking. Especially bad on stairs. (Fell down stairs 5 years ago, broke ankle, could not go to hospital due to lack of medical coverage. Seems to have set incorrectly, still causes pain now, but that does not matter. Just explaining because I think the fall was related to the dizziness/balance issues)

    * Unrelated? inconsistent periods spanning long before these problems – can go several months with none, then spend 1-3 solid months bleeding (most recent period spanned from Dec 5 to Feb 22)
    * Unrelated? rash spreading across neck, does not respond to over-the-counter treatments for eczema, psoriasis, or fungal infections.

    ~~~

    Tests Already Performed:

    * MRI (no contrast) 3 years ago, reported as clean.
    * Blood tests came up negative for Diabetes and Lyme Disease.
    * CBC normal, glucose level 93 (not fasting).
    * Repeated thyroid tests (2003, 2007, and last week) all reported normal.
    * 2007 – androgen levels slightly high – was sent for ultrasound (checking for PCOS?) – everything normal.
    * Liver and Kidneys all functioning normally. (tests were done to see if I could safely filter gadolinium)

    ~~~~~~

    Thank you for reading all that.

    I thought after my first MRI that it was all “in my head” (no pun intended) and was ready to give up on it, but my symptoms have not gone away.

    My doctor scheduled me for another MRI (this time with contrast) but I do not want to go if the results will be clean again.. It is EXTREMELY expensive for my family, and I honestly could not live with myself if I wasted ,000 or so for nothing.

    Please don’t tell me “You cannot put a price on health” and things like that — please, just tell me if, in your medical opinion, this sounds like a brain tumor. I need to confirm (or cancel) my appointment before Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

    Sincerest thanks for any information you can provide. I don’t know where else to turn.
    @niotaze – Thank you for your answer – though I have never been on anti-depressants (or any other prescription). I hope it’s not MS or a tumor. You think I should go for the second MRI then?

    • ANSWER:
      lyme tests are so poor they are near worthless. LLMD’s diagnose it by symptom and not rely on a test altho they may want a Western blot from Igenex to confirm. Dont even think of another test elsewhere. Biggest problem is finding the right LLMD to treat you!!!! That is ”’lyme literate medical doctor”’=LLMD

  29. QUESTION:
    Cat with Bladder Problems?
    My cat has had 2 confirmed bladder infections over apx. 3 months, She is 4 years old.
    First infection: (old vet)
    Confirmed infection with home sample.
    She had her blood test done intially, and her kidneys flagged as an issue, but was later accounted for as my cat cat was severely dehidrated at the time from illness.
    She has never had crystals in the urine.
    Prescribed 7 day antiobiotic oral liquid treatment

    Second infection: (new vet)
    confirmed by urine sample (extracted from home sample)
    Blood did show up in this sample and no crystals again.
    Prescribed Convenia ( antibiotic injection lasting two weeks)

    This infection:
    Not confirmed with test (as they assumed its another UTI based on previous symptoms and history.
    Her symptoms (crying when going to the litter and licking genitals) came back last month, making this her 3rd UTI in 5 months.
    X-Ray of the bladder, showing thickening of the bladder wall but no stones.
    Convenia ( antibiotic injection lasting two weeks) this time she will receieve a second 2 week injection to ensure cleared infection.

    The vet said we are doing everything we should be at home, feeding her high quality food, with no corn, mix of wet and dry, lots of water consumption, new littler (not clumping)
    I need to make it clear that I am NOT looking for food suggestions here. I am looking for possible ideas or experiences of what could be going on here. Suggestions on what you would do as a pet owner, again though, not looking for food suggestions, I am done with that route!

    I feel really stuck and frustrated and sad. I feel like there is something going on and it wont stop. She seems to still be in a little pain while urinating, as she still meows when she goes to the basement to use her litter box, although not licking her genitals. It has been 1 week since the injection.

    • ANSWER:
      Home samples are never as good as the samples they take a the vet. Usually, they stick a thin needle through the stomach and into the bladder. It sound painful, but that’s how my cat had his sample taken, and he was not phased by it at all. My cat had no response to the antibiotic that was given by the doctor, but responded incredibly well to a joint health supplement that also has effects of treating UTI’s. It’s called Cosequin. I’m not sure if it works with all kinds of UTI symptoms, but it’s a supplement, so I’m sure it couldn’t hurt. I hope your kitty gets better!

  30. QUESTION:
    How am I going to get treatment for my injured back?
    I’m a 24 year old male that has been suffering with sciatica for 7 years. It started out as episodes that would come maybe once a month that caused painful spikes to shoot down either of my legs. I always just pressed on through the pain. I quit working Dec. 2008 and since, my condition has worsened. My pain is now very evident in my lower back/spine. My back seizes up in pain I cannot describe. Walking is often not an option but it still hurts to sit or lay down, as the slightest movements cause alarming pain–almost like all the muscles in my lower back get a charlie-horse at the same time and my kidneys feel like they were just hit with golf clubs. I’ve had multiple doctors and MRIs. I’ve received perscriptions for naproxen in the past that had no noticable effect on my sciatic pain. I was recommended for physical therapy when I was 20 but was unable to attend as the place was two counties away from where I worked. I believe my DDD (Degenerative disk disease) has gotten worse and is now the main cause of the pain I deal with from my lower back/spine. The pain is unbearable and hinders me from living. I cannot go to public places like the grocery store, I cannot put my own socks on, I can’t pick up my neices, and now struggle with supporting my own torso. I cannot get another job in my physical condition. I do not have insurance. I currently see an acupuncture specialist once a week but it’s not treating the problem as the pain and symptoms continue to increase. What can I do to get help? I know that I cannot live like this. I don’t know how much longer I can cope with such severe and debilitating pain. I want to live past 25; do I have any options?

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend that you try a chiropractor. You should find one in your area that specializes in Cox- Flexion/distraction technique or find one that has a DRX-9000. These 2 techniques have shown a lot of help with correcting disc issues.

      Also, if the pain only radiates to the knee ( and not to the foot), then regular chiropractic may help. You can find a chiropractor in your area at http://www.chirodirectory.com.

      I really wish you the best

  31. QUESTION:
    My BMI is between 14.8 and 15. I need help?
    I am 18 years old, almost 5’7″ and my weight fluctuates from anywhere between 92 and 96 lbs. Looking back now, I can admit that I’ve been struggling with some type of eating disorder for over 5 years. I have never been officially diagnosed – I am smart and deceptive, and a damn good liar. I’ve fooled countless doctors and eating disorder specialists into thinking I’m just naturally skinny. But I know that’s not true. The physical symptoms of my ED have been apparent for quite some time now – My hair falls out, my hands shake, I’m weak, pale and tired all the time. I have heart problems and my kidney isn’t functioning like normal. It is my understanding that a BMI as low as mine is an emaciated state. I think the only thing that’s going to help me at this point is inpatient therapy, where I’ll be supervised 24/7, otherwise, I’ll just continue my bad eating habits. How do I go about getting inpatient treatment? I am not currently seeing any psychologists or doctors about my eating. I live in Canada. I really need help.

    • ANSWER:
      I would seriously consult a physician. Or like a weight counselor or something. Oh, btw- DEADMAU5 RULES!!!

  32. QUESTION:
    A Medical Puzzle… can anyone piece it together?
    Long rant for context (ie: we’ve tried everything… probably *literally* everything)…

    I have a 16 year old dog, Norwegian Elkhound mix (though recent things suggest some direct wolf-lineage)… For over a month now, he’s had varying degrees of diarrhea, vomiting, etc… It started with the vet just saying to put him on a bland diet. Worked for a few days then got worse. Then a canned bland diet… same thing. Tried metronidazole, but that caused a rather atypical reaction of absolutely no bladder control. He was wetting the bed, several accidents in the house (which he’s never done before), etc… Took him off metronidazole and that went away in a couple days. The vet said it could be an age related issue (bladder muscles no longer what they were), but considering that went away, I highly doubt it. In the meantime, I had them run a blood test… everything came back perfect for a dog half his age, no kidney, liver, thyroid, etc… problems, except slightly high cholesterol which has been an issue for some time now, but just at the very high end of normal). I finally got pissed off at his regular vet so started taking him into the ER vet as a regular practice for a week (started because he couldn’t eat anything without vomiting and the vet said, “oh, bring him in in 3 days”… not acceptable for a 16 year old dog who had been having related ongoing problems). In the 4 times I took him in over a week, they ran an abdominal x-ray, ultrasound, standard fecal test (no parasites), diarrhea panel, gave him fluid injections, prescribed various medications (antacids, an onsite kaopectate dose, and on and on), etc… Every diagnostic came back fine, no indication of a problem whatsoever (except the x-ray appearing gassy), no tumors, etc… The ER vet even said “if there’s a dog to clone, he’s the one!” (given his age and not even slight issues). However, the vomiting stopped (though it only lasted 1 day throughout all of this), but the diarrhea continued – actually got worse, the point of being pure liquid. This past Monday, I took him in to see a specialist who ran a chest x-ray (came back fine, no sign of anything) and ran various other tests (vitamin deficiencies, full pancreatic test, etc…), as well as looking over the other x-rays, ultrasound, tests, etc… He found that my dog has a slight B12 deficiency, but extremely slight and way less than he’d expect of a dog who’s had diarrhea for a month. But otherwise, again, everything looks perfect (no problems with his pancreas, no indication of intestinal lymphoma, no chest tumors or other issues, etc…). He put him on enrofloxacin (Baytril) as a best guess (and gave him a B vitamin injection, and a supplement of Metamucil) – the reasoning being it’s gone on too long and some definitive treatment needs to be attempted, so hoping this was the right one. So far, so good. He went a day without pooping, and now his stool is firming up. No problems with urination. But we’ll see how that works in the long run. The one issue is that he selectively threw up the Metamucil, so we’ve stopped that… supposedly selective vomiting is common in wolves, but not believed to exist in domestic dogs (hence the new genetic mystery).

    In the meantime, my girlfriend’s dog (a miniature poodle.. we all live together, so easy exposure) suddenly, this past Tuesday, had HORRIBLE diarrhea… extremely bloody, pure liquid, but no other symptoms. We got her into the vet and they put her on metronidazole and ran a fecal test (the fact that she wasn’t showing any other symptoms, is about 3 years old, and we live somewhere where parvo is extremely uncommon made them confident it wasn’t that, which I’d certainly agree with). She had no temperature, was only slightly dehydrated, and had quite the appetite and as bouncy/hyper as always. The fecal test came back today negative for any parasites.

    However, here’s the kicker… the metronidazole, while it’s stopped the diarrhea, is also causing her to pee a lot! Not as bad as my dog (she hasn’t had any accidents), but she has to go out for a walk every couple hours. I’ve asked the vet she went to to switch her over to Baytril, and am having my dog’s records faxed over to show them precedent for why… But at this point, it’s entirely symptomatic. There is no concrete reason *why* they’d both appear to be healthy yet have diarrhea, and respond to metronidazole in the same very atypical way. It seems there should be a link, but I certainly can’t figure it out and no vets can either.

    Does anyone have experience with an extremely rare bacteria/virus/whatever that’s not detected in tests and causes increased urination when treated with metronidazole?

    Sorry that’s so long, but at this point it’s puzzling me, my girlfriend, 3 ER vets, 2 regular practice vets, and a renowned internal medic
    They’ve gotten no table scraps, and that wouldn’t explain why both have the same weird reaction to the same medication (Elkhound vs poodle… not likely to respond to things that similarly for no reason) and that far apart, nor why it’s gone on so long. And I’d say if 6 vets (actually 7, as there were 2 who saw my dog at the regular practice) are all stumped, I think it’s less an issue of the vet and more an issue of something extremely odd. I appreciate input, so I mean no disrespect, but I’m largely looking for people who have had experience with something that would cause this, or have heard about it before.
    My dog’s not at the end of his life (and I honestly don’t appreciate such a patronizing remark)… every single diagnostic confirmed otherwise. And, hypothetically, if he were, how would simple old-age be contagious to a 3 year old poodle?

    Again, we’ve had every diagnostic under the sun. A 16 year old and 3 year old of very different breeds are having the same symptoms. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, as I appreciate responses, but both responses so far are overlooking countless big details.
    Sorry for editing so much, but I’d also like to add that no one dies of “old age”… Old age leads to a reduction in the ability of one of body’s systems which results in death, but “old age” (simply chronological age) doesn’t cause someone to die (heart failure, liver failure, cancer, etc… caused by a slowing of hormone process, body’s synthesis of nutrients, etc… causes death, and none of which apply to him according to every test by various vets). Based on every blood test, x-ray, ultrasound, etc… my dog would be extremely healthy for a dog half his age. He enjoys walks, playing, cuddling, etc… and I think it’s very irresponsible and patronizing the imply someone should have their otherwise healthy dog put to sleep just because of age. Again, his only medical problem is diarrhea, which a 3 year poodle now has with the same symptoms/medication reactions, and every test indicates he’s freakishly healthy.

    Again, I’ve outlined every variable… I would REALLY appreciate seri
    ous responses (I’d be so grateful), but please read what I wrote.

    Pamela: No, apparently I can’t. Even with a long rant with every variable outlined, people still apparently won’t read it/ignore 90% of what was said. : I can only imagine how people would skew it if I tried to leave details out (ie: said I was at several vets, someone says to find a new vet… said diagnostics show my dog is healthy and a 3 year old dog is having the same, someone suggests my dog is dying of old age and I should kill him… wtf?!)

    • ANSWER:
      Look up Canine Enteritis it sounds a lot like what your dog is doing. It is also contagious which would explain why the other dog has gotten symptoms (While your dog is getting treatment for enteritis, you should monitor its condition closely. You should try to keep your dog away from other pet animals and children. This is because enteritis in dogs is contagious and spreads fast through physical contact) it is also helped to be cured by antibiotics which would say why the metronidazole is helping but not curing it. I hope this helps. I found your question to hit home a little bit so took a little more time on this one. we went through a similar situation with a cough that would not clear up or go away. I can’t even imagine the money you have into this up to this point. We spent at least 00.00 trying to figure out what was wrong with our dog. It is very frustrating. Sometimes it helps to just scan the internet and research different symptoms and meds that your vet has put him on. We also ended up taking our dog to a State University hospital. That’s who actually figured out what was wrong with him after almost a year! In case your wondering it was E-Coli. But also did you try taking out fatty foods from his diet at least until you figure this out. My dog has a sensitive stomach and can only eat lamb, deer, salmon things like that. No beef , pork, chicken ect. Hopefully this helps I wish you the best of luck. But really think about taking him to a State University. We had very good luck there! So sorry this is happening to you and your dog. Hope he gets better:)I’m also sorry this is so long but I hope it helps:) Good Luck

      Also the only side effects of metronidazole that is really mentioned repeatedly is the bad taste which leads me to think maybe they are trying to get the taste out of there mouth and drinking a lot more. I did however find that frequent urination in humans using it is a common side effect, not sure if it would be the same for canines though? If I do find more info I will let you know:) Cushings and Addisons is not contagious either which would not explain why the other dog has the same symptoms.

  33. QUESTION:
    Ok i need help girls?
    Ok so im 13 and i dont think ive staretd my period but my mom does cuz i like have had a problem wher i think ive peed blood cuz thats when the blood came out! and i would go just to wipe and no blood pee and theres the blood! this has happend 3 times wit han interval of 43 days and 39 days what is it
    heres kidney infection symptoms: http://www.urologychannel.com/kidney-infection/symptoms-diagnosis.shtml
    Back or abdominal pain – alot
    Confusion – sometimes
    Fatigue – yes
    Fever, chills, night sweats -yes
    Loss of appetite -alot
    Nausea -yes
    Skin that is warm and/or moist, and reddened – warm skin
    but no body believes me if i have this i need a treatment that i can help myself with (ps only 13) and if ive started then im afraid cuz i have a trip in like a week and if i count out 39 days then its the day after my trip so i dont want it on my trip so guys help me out! is it my period, kidney ifection or something else!
    seei cant get to a doctor i keep telling my mom and dad but they say sure whatever thats just mentrual cramps you at that age and stuff i only weigh 93 pounds and im not develped cuz my breasts a still kinda small and if someone has mentrual cramps strait theres a problem!! they are the wrost sometimes
    oh and i dont think the blood went away cuz i heard when your pee is dark yellow theres still blood in it just less noticable when ihad the bloodthing it slowly turned normal… kinda
    melon.strawberries, oranges, wheat,chocolates (bars, candies, beverages) ,cola drinks these re foods to avoid with this problem and yea no wonder i feel like crap cuz this is mainly what i eat!

    • ANSWER:
      bbe dnt wry theres proberly nothing acctually wrong wit u. me and my best mate both had this when we were 13 we jus had an infection go to ur doctor and he may be able to give you somthing to clear it up xx hope this was use full to you x hope you enjoy ur trip dnt wry about ur problem xx frm kirsty

  34. QUESTION:
    help me please is for tomorrow.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank?
    2)which of these is not a typical sign of bulimia?
    a-eating in private
    b-cycles of weight gain and loss
    c-eating too much food too quickly
    d-extreme weight loss

    my answer is correct is b-cycles of weight gain and loss

    3-people who have bulimia ………… .
    a-are often treated first in a hospital because of extreme weight loss
    b-often deny there is a problem
    c-are often too ashamed of their behavior to seek help
    d-don’t need outside treatment because they can stop by themselves

    my answer is correct is d-don’t need outside treatment because they can stop by themselves

    4-people with binge – eating disorder are at greater risk of …….. .
    a-colon cancer
    b-diabetes and high blood pressure
    c-appendicitis
    d-liver and kidney dysfunction

    my answer is correct is a-colon cancer

    6-a physician who can diagnose and treat mental disorders is called a ……… .
    a-massage therapist
    b-psychologist
    c-social worker
    d-psychiatrist

    my answer is correct is c-social worker

    9-what occurs during psychotherapy?
    a-a person talks to a therapist.
    b-a person treats his or her own symptoms.
    c-a person creates a problem
    d-a person gets a physical examination.

    my answer is correct is a-a person talks to a therapist.

    10-which should you do if you think you might be suffering symptoms of a mental disorder?
    a-go on with your life
    b-share your problems with a trusted adult
    c-engage in self- injury
    d-overcome the problems on your own

    my answer is correct is d-overcome the problems on your own

    11-if a friend tells you he or she is thinking about suicide and asks you not to tell anyone, what should you do?
    a-notify an adult that your friend is in danger.
    b-don’t tell anyone.
    c-dare your friend to go through with it.
    d-assume your friend is joking.

    my answer is correct is c-dare your friend to go through with it.

    12-what is the third – leading cause of death among young people?
    a-homicide
    b-cancer
    c-suicide
    d-diabetes
    my answer is correct is a-homicide

    13-a series of suicides that occur within one peer group is known as …… .
    a-risk factors
    b-cluster suicides
    c-self – injury pacts
    d-mood disorders

    my answer is correct is d-mood disorders

    14-which term describes an unhealthy way to cope with emotions, stress, or traumatic events?
    a-self-injury
    b-medication
    c-self-esteem
    d-therapy

    my answer is correct is b-medication

    15-which is a major risk factor for suicide?
    a-phobia
    b-biofeedback
    c-depression
    d-relaxation
    my answer is correct is c-depression

    16-which best approximates the number of Americans that experience symptoms of a mental disorder each year?
    a-more than 50 thousand
    b-more than 500 thousand
    c-more than 5 thousand
    d-more than 50 million

    my answer is correct is d-more than 50 million

    17-which describes a condition that can be identified severe disturbances in thinking, mood, awareness,and behavior?
    a-depression
    b-obsession
    c-schizophrenia
    d-anxiety
    my answer is correct is a-depression

    18-which term describes people who experience extreme emotions that make it difficult to function well in their daily lives?
    a-a mood disorder
    b-phobias
    c-attention deficit
    d-hyperactivity

    my answer is correct is d-hyperactivity

    19-mental health experts are trained to recognize ………….. .
    a-abnormal thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
    b-abnormal physical characteristics
    c-the kinds of jobs people should have
    d-catastrophic situations

    my answer is correct is b-abnormal physical characteristics

    20-which is not a description of an anxiety disorder?
    a-feeling scared before play tryouts
    b-feeling scared to ride in elevators
    c-feeling afraid to sleep because of continuous nightmares
    d-feeling panicked every time you see a dog

    my answer is correct is d-feeling panicked every time you see a dog

    • ANSWER:
      I would say my answer is same like you, except number 1, may be different…

  35. QUESTION:
    Anatomy help please!?
    1. Mary Francis visits the doctor complaining of weakness, fatigue, fainting and confusion. Her heart rate is 40 bpm. An ECG indicated no P waves but normal QRS complexes. What is the explanation and what can be done for this patient?

    2. During a severe hemorrhage John goes into hypovolemic shock and his heart rate starts racing. Why does his heart rate increase?

    3. A hypertensive patient is successfully treated with diuretics. Discuss what problem this treatment is addressing and the role of the kidneys in blood pressure control.

    4. Another hypertensive patient #4 is given captropil (an ACE inhibitor) and her blood pressure decreases. Explain how this drugs works to lower blood pressure.

    5. Elderly patient #5 sometimes gets dizzy if he stands up too quickly. One time he almost fainted and is afraid this will lead to a fall and bone fractures. Explain his condition.

    6. After visiting the doctor, April discovers that her cholesterol levels are 250 mg/dL. Her doctor warns her that if she doesn’t control her cholesterol levels she is in danger of becoming hypertensive. April doesn’t understand how cholesterol and hypertension are related. But, since you ahve taken BIO 139, you can explain to poor April how the two are associated. What woud you tell her? Be specific.

    7. Gabriel, a heroin addict, feels tired, is weak and feverish, and has vague aches and pains. Terrified that he has AIDS, he goes to the doctor and is informed that he does not have AIDS. As you can imagine he is relieved. The doctor tells him that he is suffering from an infection of the interior lining of the heart. He also has abnormal heart sounds. What conditions explain his symptoms? What is the most likely way Gabriel became infected?

    8. Frank, a 50-year old airline pilot, visits his doctor complaining of severe, intense, crushing sensations in his chest that radiates to his left shoulder and down the inside of his left arm, triggered by an off-duty reugby match. The chest discomfort was releived by resting. An exercise tolerance test was performed. Mild exertion resulted in chest pain, which was relieved by nitroglycerin. Frank was given beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers as a pharmacologic therapy. Vital Signs: HR=98 bpm BP=160/110 mmHg
    a. What is this patient experiencing?
    b. What is the cause of the pain?
    c. What is the site of action of nitroglycerin?
    Beta blockers?
    Calcium channel blockers?

    Any help with any or all of these would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      1. SA node block.

      2. reflex stimulation of the heart(involving baroreceptors of carotids and aortic arch that are sensitive to stretch. With hypovolemia the stretch reduces causing firing of these receptors. The change in firing is detected by the nucleus solitarius in the medulla oblongata ultimately increasing the peripheral resistance. The increased resistanec stimulates the heart to pump faster and stronger)

      3.Hypertensive pt-> LVF-> possible chance of CHF-
      diuresis-> reduces the blood volume -> reduces afterload-> reduced resistance->reduced BP->reduces LVF-> lesser mortality

      4. ACE inhibitor. prevents formation of angiostensin II from angiotensin i by inhibiting angiotensinase enzyme.
      angiotensin II directly causes vasoconstriction thereby increasing peripheral vasc resistance and increases BP. Inhibition of ATII prevents vasoconstriction->prevents high BP
      angiotensin II also causes Na ion retention through aldosterone. Na retention causes water retention. if AT II is inhibited -> no more Na and therefore water retention. therefore reduces blood volume-> reduces BP

      5. Postural hypotension- Pooling of blood in lower extremities causing reduced venous return to heart causing reduced cardiac output causing reduced blood flow to brain causing the dizziness. in common terms aka head rush.

      6.don’t know.

      7.heroin addicts are predisposed to infective endocarditis from IV drug abuse exposed to staph aureus.

      8. Possibly an attack of angina, cause of pain- myocardial ischemia(reduced blood supply), nitroglycerin causes selective vasodilation of coronaries improving blood flow to myocytes. B-blockers known to reduce long term mortality in patients predisposed to MI. Brings about structural changes in myocytes in addition to reducing BP, thereby preventing LVH. CCBs- peripheral vasodilation reducing after load and therefore BP.

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  36. QUESTION:
    I need help with a couple of case studies in Anatomy. Can anyone help?
    1. Mary Francis visits the doctor complaining of weakness, fatigue, fainting and confusion. Her heart rate is 40 bpm. An ECG indicated no P waves but normal QRS complexes. What is the explanation and what can be done for this patient?

    2. During a severe hemorrhage John goes into hypovolemic shock and his heart rate starts racing. Why does his heart rate increase?

    3. A hypertensive patient is successfully treated with diuretics. Discuss what problem this treatment is addressing and the role of the kidneys in blood pressure control.

    4. Another hypertensive patient #4 is given captropil (an ACE inhibitor) and her blood pressure decreases. Explain how this drugs works to lower blood pressure.

    5. Elderly patient #5 sometimes gets dizzy if he stands up too quickly. One time he almost fainted and is afraid this will lead to a fall and bone fractures. Explain his condition.

    6. After visiting the doctor, April discovers that her cholesterol levels are 250 mg/dL. Her doctor warns her that if she doesn’t control her cholesterol levels she is in danger of becoming hypertensive. April doesn’t understand how cholesterol and hypertension are related. But, since you ahve taken BIO 139, you can explain to poor April how the two are associated. What woud you tell her? Be specific.

    7. Gabriel, a heroin addict, feels tired, is weak and feverish, and has vague aches and pains. Terrified that he has AIDS, he goes to the doctor and is informed that he does not have AIDS. As you can imagine he is relieved. The doctor tells him that he is suffering from an infection of the interior lining of the heart. He also has abnormal heart sounds. What conditions explain his symptoms? What is the most likely way Gabriel became infected?

    8. Frank, a 50-year old airline pilot, visits his doctor complaining of severe, intense, crushing sensations in his chest that radiates to his left shoulder and down the inside of his left arm, triggered by an off-duty reugby match. The chest discomfort was releived by resting. An exercise tolerance test was performed. Mild exertion resulted in chest pain, which was relieved by nitroglycerin. Frank was given beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers as a pharmacologic therapy. Vital Signs: HR=98 bpm BP=160/110 mmHg
    a. What is this patient experiencing?
    b. What is the cause of the pain?
    c. What is the site of action of nitroglycerin?
    Beta blockers?
    Calcium channel blockers?

    Any help with any or all of these would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      3. diuretics treat high blood pressure by decreasing blood volume. kidneys pull “water” from the blood and is urinated out.

      5. orthostatichypotension?

  37. QUESTION:
    Is this medical malpractice?
    Ok here is the situation, a 68-year old man with a small history of heart problems comes down with stomach cancer, he fights it for many years, and then one day, the tumor is resisting the chemotherapy to an extent. The doctors treat him with an extremely strong chemotherapy, to the point where his white blood cell count is very dangerously low, the doctors decide to not put him in a sterilized room (a fishbowl), and take little to no precaution as to the weakness of his immune system. The man comes down with a virus, the virus attacks his kidneys, and during the treatment for his virus which had multiple symptoms ( yellow eyes, foul-smelling urine) and was left untouched for a while, the man goes into cardiac arrest 4 times, and the family decides that he cannot take this torture of getting revived anymore, for all his ribs are cracked and he is in chronic pain. The man dies, but this all could have been avoided if he was put into a sterilized room like he obviously needed to be, is this malpractice?(this is a real situation so please no insensitive/mean answers)

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Help with this appeal letter.?
    To whom it may concern,

    My name is ______________ and I was very sad when I receive the letter of my financial aid suspension. I am writing this letter hoping that you will reconsider your decision of to suspend my financial aid for Fall 2010. I really thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I also apologize for putting little attention to my summer courses. I wish to explain the circumstances wish made me distract from my courses.
    My first day of classes in AWC was on Fall 2009 that semester was the first time I receive my first financial aid wish really helped me in the starting of my career. I come from a family of three people me, my mom, and my small brother. All my life I have live with them, my mother alone has take care of us, since my father left us when I was a child. She is a farm worker whom works on lemon fields every summer with her work she has raised us. Now that my brother and I are in college we want to study and make a good career for her. I wish to someday become a register nurse and my brother plans to become a U.S Custom, I know this will make my mother so proud of us. Unfortunately, she can not pay college for both of us. She barely earns 250 dollars a week with that money she needs to cover rent, food, transportation, and bills. Therefore, I can not see my self telling my mother to go ask for a bank loan.
    As I begin my courses on August of 2009, I begin petty well with my grade point average wish was 4.0. Then on spring 2010 it was 2.6 but, everything went wrong on this summer wish my grade point average was 0.0. Maybe you will be asking why this happened. It all started between June 17 and 18 of this year, I started having high fever wish I thought it was a simple flue but then I begin with backache wish made stay all day in bed and had pain when I wanted to urine, with out counting the nauseas and vomiting. I was really felling bad and then after two days of pain my mother decided to take me to Mexico to go see a doctor who could assist me fast and that it won’t charge us too much because we dint had much money. It was then when the doctor Arturo Garcia Iñiguez a good doctor diagnose that I had kidney infection. That explains why all those symptoms occurred to me. The doctor told me that with a good treatment everything was going to be better. Then I realized that I had two big problems wish were how to pay the medicine and how to go back to school because the doctor had ordered me 15 days of rest wish I really needed because the pain I felt was immense. Fortunately, my mother had to borrow money from a friend and she bought my medicine.
    I had only assisted to three days of class I couldn’t do more to catch up with the work because it was a hybrid class and that class work really fast. I know it was my responsibility of continuing my course but my medical situation wish prevented me form continuing was beyond my control. I will ask you if you can please grant me another opportunity. I really would like to continue my education this is one of my major goals and I will like to be the first one of my family to get a degree. The money of Financial Aid wish is 2,775 per semester its great help, with this I can pay my courses, books, and transportation if this ends my illusions of finishing college and helping my mother will end too. Feel free to call me with any questions at xxx-xxx-xxx-. I appreciate the time you have taken to read my appeal.

    • ANSWER:
      There’s a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes in this letter as well as sentence structure problems as well. Also, you are appealing on basis of a medical problem so you are going to have to submit some sort of proof (doctor’s note, receipts/bills, etc) to show that this really happened. I did a quick once over of the letter so it might still contained mistakes. Also, I have taken some liberties with what you wrote since I am not quite certain of the situation–delete them if I have misunderstood something. I would suggest you give it to a professor or a financial aid office personal to have a look at it too to see what they suggest. I come from a very similar background so I feel empathetic to your situation. Good luck!

      To whom it may concern,

      I am ______________. I was very disappointed when I received my financial aid suspension letter. I am writing this in the hopes that you will reconsider your decision to suspend my financial aid for Fall 2010. I really thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I also apologize for neglecting my summer courses. I wish to explain the circumstances which distract me from my classes.
      My first semester at AWC was in Fall 2009 when I receive my first financial aid package. It really helped me start my college education because I couldn’t have afforded school without it. I come from a family of three people: my mother, little brother, and me. My mom is the sole provider for my family since my father left us when I was a child. She is a farm worker who labors in the lemon fields every summer in order to raise my brother and me. Now that my brother and I are in college, we want to study hard and lead a successful career for her. I am aiming to become a registered nurse, and my brother plans to become a U.S Customs Officer. I know this will make my mother so proud of us. Unfortunately, she cannot pay college for both of us. She only earns 250 dollars a week and that’s barely enough to cover rent, food, transportation, and bills. Therefore, I simply cannot see myself asking her to take out a bank loan for my education since that will add to her already heavy burden.
      As I begin my courses on August of 2009, I was doing well with a 4.0 GPA. Then in spring 2010, it slipped to 2.6, but everything went downhill this summer when my GPA plummeted to 0.0. You are probably asking why this happened. It all started on June 17th of this year. I developed a high fever which I dismissed as a simple flu, but then I began to experience back pain that left me bed-bound all day. Next, I felt pain when I needed to urine, not to mention my nausea and vomiting. I was feeling really terrible, and after two days of pain, my mother decided to take me to Mexico to seek medical attention because I could get fast treatment and it wouldn’t cost us as much as it would here which was essential since we didn’t have much money. My doctor, Dr. Arturo Garcia Iñiguez, diagnosed me with kidney infection. The doctor explained that I would get well again with the right treatment. However, I realized that I had two big problems—how was my family going to afford my medication and how was I going get back to school because my doctor had ordered 15 days of rest due to the immense pain that I was feeling. Fortunately, my mother was able to borrow some money from a good friend, and I was able to get my medicine. I had only attended three days of class, and it was nigh impossible for me to catch up with the work I missed because it was a hybrid class that covered materials very quickly. All this led to my GPA falling to what it’s now.
      I know it is my responsibility to do well in my classes, but my medical situation prevented me from performing my best. I ask you to please grant me another opportunity. Finishing my education is one of my major goals since I will be the first of my family to get a college degree. And the chance to do that means more than anything to me. I really need the financial aid money to pay for my tuition, books, and transportation. Please take my circumstances into serious consideration because I don’t want to end my dreams of finishing college and improving my mother’s life. Feel free to call me with any questions at xxx-xxx-xxx-. I appreciate the time you have taken to read my appeal.

  39. QUESTION:
    I need someone to help me with polishing my paper, please!?
    The following research paper is my another revision. Please help me to polish some of sentence structures.
    CRYSTAL METH
    Youth Shelter Worker reports “kids on crystal just lose it, break things, do property damage. They hurt themselves” (as cited in Hendley, 2006, P.163). Crystal refers to methamphetamine, is a “clear, chunky crystal” (CBC, 2005, paragraph 1). Since 1939-1945, it started to use and distribute among many soldiers during the Second World War. The distribution of the meth was to help them to fight off the drowsiness and exhaustion. Then, later in 1950, people such as athletes, dieters, and college students began to use crystal meth. For example, athletes used it for gaining strengths for a better performance, dieters used it for losing weight, and college students used it for all night study session (Schleifer, 1999). Recently, the use of crystal meth begins to grow and wide spread to different countries. One of the countries that has found is United States. Some researchers find out that the crystal meth has come with various terms such as Biker’s coffee, Blue meth, Chalk, Hot Ice, Ice, Speed, and Crank. The meth users are mainly adolescents, gay males, people in rural, and the people in the bath houses. Other than the rural and in the bath houses, crystal meth can also be seen in clubs, empty houses, streets, and home. According to 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it reports “at least approximate 10.4 million of American teens who were aged twelve or older used meth at least once in their life for recreational use, representing 4.3% of the U.S. population in that age group” (Methamphetamine-addiction, 2008, paragraph 1). With the involvement of using meth, the adolescents are likely to feel “hyperactive, ecstasy, happy and beautiful “(Schleifer, 1999, Page 163). Some researchers find out there are some factors that cause to have these bizarre behaviours. One of the factors is the crystal meth contains “two quick-to-bond methyl (CH3 or methane with a hydrogen atom removed) hole” (Langton, 2007). When it heats, it begins to dissolve into white, yellow, or even pink powder (Street level consulting, 2008). Another factor is that meth is a stimulant which “increases the levels of two neurotransmitters, nor epinephrine, dopamine, and stamina” (Ramon, 2008, paragraph 4). Any meth users, who become addicted, are very likely to result in violent behaviours, loss of appetite, depression, disorganized life style, hallucination, numbness, insomnia, increase of heart rate, fatal kidney, and lung disorders (Schleifer, 1999). Even though the meth has caused the users to have negative effect, some treatments would help the addicts to recover. One of the treatments that might be able to help the addicts is to attend meth rehab program. This program is not only does it help the addicts to detox, but there are some support groups can “provide with knowledge on how to change [the addicts’] lives and how to live comfortably without meth” (stop meth addiction, 2008, paragraph 1). Another treatment to support the meth users is to take pills which are given from a support group. The pills work like an antibiotic that remove any meth drugs inside the users’ body. This treatment is mainly looked for immediate physical symptoms (stop meth addiction, 2008). Crystal meth becomes an important issue which causes much harm to adolescents and adults mentally and physically. To prevent from anymore of these serious problems, adolescents should be taught to understand about what is crystal meth and its disadvantage use on human body.

    • ANSWER:
      Looks good to me. Good job!

  40. QUESTION:
    Help! Microbiology case studies-don’t know where to even begin! I’m not a healthcare professional yet!?
    I need either guidance on where to begin to research these topics or your diagnosis for 2 out of 3 of these case studies. Thanks in advance!

    Case 8

    A 4-year old girl presents at the emergency room with bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. The child’s mother reports that the child has had these symptoms for about 24 hours and she has not passed any urine for about 12 hours.

    The child is enrolled in a day care center and the group had recently made a field trip to a fast food place to learn about different jobs. The children had a lunch of ground beef, fries and cola after meeting with different workers. This field trip was 4 days earlier on Friday. The child had a temperature of 39C and showed physical signs of dehydration. Blood samples drawn showed evidence of greatly reduced kidney function and lysed red blood cells.

    What is your diagnosis here? What is organism is responsible?
    What pathogenic feature of this organism caused the severity of this problem?
    What were the critical features to your diagnosis?

    Case 2

    A 27-year old white female presented at the walking clinic of her local physician on August 15. On physical exam, the patient had a fever of 38.5C. She appeared fatigued, had tender joints, and complained of a headache, a stiff neck and a backache. The physician noticed a circular “rash” about 5 inches in diameter, with a bright red leading edge and a dim center in the form of a “bull’s eye”. The physician noted an irregular heart beat. The patient complained of lack of ability to concentrate.

    The patient gave the following history: She is a graduate student in the wildlife program at the university in town. She was in the field for three weeks in Wisconsin during the months of May and June. She tracks small mammals in the field and studies their behavior. It had been a warm, wet spring and she complained of a large number of biting flies, mosquitoes and ticks in the area. She felt well until about 2 weeks after returning to her home. Since that time, many of her symptoms had progressed. She finally found that she could take it no more.

    What is your best diagnosis of this case?
    What features are critical to your diagnosis?
    What further steps should be taken to clear up the problem?

    Case 5

    A 22-year old male college student was presented at the ESU health clinic. He looked tired and pale. He presented because of high fever and chest pain. He was afraid he was having a heart attack (bad week of exams). He was examined immediately by the PA and an EKG strip was run. He had no evidence of acute heart problems. The attending physician visited the patient. He obtained the following history from the past 36 hours. The patient had a tight cough. He had significant muscle aches and pains. He had a bad headache and had had fevers of 101-103F.

    The physician ordered a chest x-ray. It did not show any significant consolidated inflammation suggestive of pneumonia. The patient showed significant nasal drainage and a moderately tight, but productive cough on physical exam. He had a fever of 101F and generally inflamed mucous membranes. A rapid Strep test showed no evidence of Streptococcal infection and his tonsils and adenoids had been removed.

    What is the most likely diagnosis for this patient? On what do you base this diagnosis?
    What secondary infection problems should be monitored?
    What is the preferred treatment for this disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Case 8.

      Classic presentation for E coli is short for Escherichia coli — a bacteria (germ) that causes severe cramps and diarrhea. E. coli is a leading cause of bloody diarrhea. The hamburger meal is a give-a-way for e coli.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/e_coli__0157h7/article.htm

      case 2

      Probably Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Does not sound correct for Lyme’s

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rocky-mountain-spotted-fever/DS00600/DSECTION=symptoms

      case 5 sounds like viral flu.

      Sorry I do not have time to be extensive in explanations

  41. QUESTION:
    Is there a problem with my kidneys?
    Hello, my name’s Max (I’m a girl), and I am 14 years old.
    Today I woke up and experienced an excruciatingly sharp pain near my right kidney in my back. It has now been hurting for 5 hours. I drink tons of water, regularly exercise, and have a pretty healthy diet.I am 5’6 and weigh 125 pounds. I can barely even walk and I can’t bend over because the pain is so bad. I also have been very itchy all over my body for a few weeks now, I don’t really know if this even has any relevance. I also have been extremely tired for a long time, very fatigued. I sleep like 14-17 hours on an every day basis. I don’t know if this has something to do with my chronic depression that I used to get treatment for, but I always just assumed that I was a hypersomniac.
    I’ve told my parents that I am in pain, and they just told me to drink water. They’re not even doing anything about this even when I have calmly told them my symptoms.
    What is this and what can I do?
    Thanks for the help.

    • ANSWER:
      A sharp, stinging and stabbing pain in your kidney area could be kidney stones but the pain usually goes away when you drink a lot of water.

      Apple cider vinegar and cranberry juice are supposed to help for dissolving and flushing out kidney stones and you can find further information in a web search for “kidney stones” + dissolve.

      Sleeping more than 10 hours a day is too much and this can make you feel very weak and very tired. Depression and boredom often go together and that causes fatigue as well. Bored people often oversleep but busy people don’t. Perhaps you need some new hobbies or interests to keep yourself busy.

      Dehydration and under eating are common causes of fatigue. Most people don’t drink enough water.

  42. QUESTION:
    Hamster is sick and has a possible abscess/tumor. I need your advice and help.
    I have a Syrian Hamster who is around 5 months old. She has been sick for over a week now and we took her to the vet yesterday. Symtoms I provided was that she has been very lethargic (sleeping or staying in her bed for literally the whole day and night), she does leave the nest occasionally to get food and water. Her tail is not wet, she has sneezed occasionally over the past week. She does not have runny nose or watery eyes. Her stool is a little soft and she may have had some diarrhea.

    The vet thought maybe she was pregnant when we had told her that she shares her cage with her sister as it is common for people to get the male/female mixed up. So she gave it an ultra sound and did not conclude to her being pregnant, but she said she did see an odd looking lump. She continued with a physical inspection and felt her for lumps and found a small lump by her arm and a larger one near her kidney. She said she wasn’t sure if this was her kidney or not, but she has a strong feeling that our hamster does not have a typical cold, and it could be a tumor or abscess. She gave us the quote of what it would cost to assess the hamster further (with an xray for about , optional urine/stool samples, and blood work for around a 0) I have already paid for the visit, injection of anti-biotics, and oral take home anti-biotics in hopes that the problem is just a viral infection and nothing more. She told me if it doesn’t work, I need to think about if I would like to take the option to assess her further. She also reminded me that even if we find out what the exact problem is, will I realistically attempt to treat it as the cost for a surgery will be over 0 and the hamsters chance of survival is very low because they are so small. It’s understandable that most people would not treat it because of the slim chances of success and the cost for an animal that simply does not live long.

    I’ve been at home for the past 24 hours thinking about this, watching my little baby and it has been totally killing me. A new symptom I noticed is that her body is pulsing very hard like she is having trouble breathing or her heart is beating really fast and working very hard. I compare her to the other hamster and the other one does not look like this at all. I’m going to call the doctor in the morning and tell her about the new symptom. I’m getting very scared for her and feel horrible inside having to watch her and know that this is just the beginning of her going down hill and things will only get worse for her.

    I still don’t know if she has a severe cold, a tumor, or an abssess, therefore, I’m not sure what to treat her with. I was wondering if anyone else has seen the same symptoms in their hamster, and if so, what the diagnosis was.

    The dilemma I have is whether or not I should:
    A. Get an x-ray done on my hamster to find out if it’s a tumor or abssess. (If it’s an abssess, see if it can be drained/removed)
    B. Or not get an x-ray and keep treating her with the medicines for viral infections and common cold, and wait it out.

    I know it’s important that an abssess or tumor be treated as soon as possible as it will improve the chance of successul treatment. I thank you for your help and hope we can work together to get her better.
    Update…

    I have been giving the hamster the prescribed antibiotic Enrofloxacin twice a day and am currently having to force feed her water since she has been refusing to drink and/or eat today. I was able to find a piece of her stool that she just made and it was a very tiny amount and was soft and moist. Her bottom is dirty with dried up stool. I’m worried she might also have wettail now because of all the stress of force feeding and or side effects of the medication. What else can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      I am very sorry to hear about your little hamster. It is always hard to see our loved pets going through so much trouble. Having owned so many hamsters and currently having a brood of 7 hamsters, I can fully comprehend your problem and confusion.

      I am going to be very frank in my advice, even if it sounds a bit hard. If a hamster has cancer or tumour, the success rate of surgery is very low. Also the surgery can be very traumatic to your hamster. Another thing – if it is an external abcess, it can be removed, but abcess internally are very difficult to remove. My opinion would be not to go in for surgery and give your hamster a great life for the rest of her life and if the tumour appears to cause the hamster pain, or grows so large that the hamster finds it difficult to move, it is kinder to let your vet put the hamster to sleep.

      Of course the symptoms makes me think twice since sneezing and wheezing (where the body pulses very hard) are more obvious signs of a bad pneumonia than cancer. I would suggest you give her the medicines for common cold and wait it out to see if she gets better. The x-rays are not really helpful at this stage since even if she is detected with tumour, it does not help any further since an operation has very small degree of success in a hamster and more traumatic to the hamster than useful.

      All the best!

  43. QUESTION:
    I have Pitting Edema in my ankles, possible causes/treatments?
    My ankles, up to about my mid-shin, have pitting Edema. They seem a little swollen, but I otherwise feel no pain in them whatsoever.

    I’m only 26, and I have no history of Heart, Kidney or Lung problems, so I’m wondering what other factors might be a cause of pitting Edema? Could too many fluids combined with not enough physical activity cause it?

    It goes without saying that I should see a doctor, and I plan to, but till then, I’d like to know what the most likely causes of pitting edema outside of major organ causes are, and any actions I can take to lessen my symptoms.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Obesity, kidney failure, stagnant lifestyle, too much salt in your diet, infection (usually in one leg only) , blood clot (if only in one leg), and heart failure are your main causes. Your doctor may prescribe a diuretic medication to take care of it, but being as your so young he will probably recomend diet and exercise. This condition should not be taken lightly. Consider this your early warning sign to get healthy.

  44. QUESTION:
    What next, please help me find an answer?
    I am a ten year breast cancer survivor; stage I, 1.7cm, no lymph node involvement, estrogen positive to me; I had as treatment 17 CMF chemotherapy, 45 Neupogen shots, 30 radiation treatments and a quadrantectomy. My balance seemed to be off during my second chemo treatment. I told my doctor, I fell often. And in 2001 I fell down stairs, broke a tib/fib, titanium rods implanted and ended up with DVT. I have been walking with a cane since then.Last year was treated for an ear infection, serous otitis media, At the emergency room the doctor said I had bubbles on my eardrum. I was admitted to the hospital, and isolated. One doctor came in and said I had MRSA. I didn’t know what that was. I was treated with many antibiotics and the only one that worked was oxacillin. I was discharged after three days. Afterwards, everything changed. I had two failed 17 year old root canals, numerous antibiotics, kidney stone,more antibiotics, ear doctor treated with more antibiotics, saw a neurologist, said I have cerebellar ataxia. Another said I didn’;t. One neurologist said I had fear of falling. One said it was peripheral neuropathy. One said it was PTSD. I was thankful last year to hear that I did not have a neuro-degenerative disease. I left the state to celebrate, with my walker, my cane and a change of clothes. The third day, I fell off a foot high porch and broke the calcaneous bone and did a 2+ sprain on the left ankle. I returned back to my home with the goal of relearning to walk. However, I again became more imbalanced, my right eye started twitching and wouldn’t stop. The eye doctor today tells me it is convergence. The eye doctor last year, told me nystagmus. I call it my scarry eye and continue to do vestibular therapy. Two months ago, I went on another journey to try and save my life and the quality of my life. A neurosurgeon told me, I have never seen that part of the brain completely gone. You need to go to a stroke center. Another doctor told me I might have a connective tissue disease. I tested positive for anti nuclear AB. Yes, I do have arthiritis. If I have something else I don’t know. Last month I made an appt. with a gastroenterologist, because of unusual bloating and unable to urinate completely. No pain at this point. A week later I end up in the Emergency Room: told you have a 2mm kidney stone; it is in the ureter and should pass into the bladder, you should see a doctor in three days. I saw a urologist, CT scan of abdomen and pelvis. He said maybe you will pass it, if not we will do a lithotripsy and place a stent. By the end of the week I ended up in the ER again. I was admitted. The 2 mm stone now was 5.8 mm and in the ureter. I was given pain meds and stayed in the hospital so my 80 year old mother didn’t have to witness me birthing a stone, Everrbody said it was nothing. I tell you it was painful. Before I was discharged from the hospital, the doctor told me a CT scan revealed it was in my bladder. That all should be okay. I have strained urine, looking for a stone, The urologist says the stone is still in the ureter, and the radiologist read the report wrong. Today, a doctor says, good news, no blood in the urine, Today, I still have problems with bloating and voiding fully. I already have problems with vestibular dysfunction and I believe that this is compromising my life. Symptoms: can’t walk or stand for very long, can’t walk forward without holding on. I do well in a swimming pool but sometimes, even it can be difficult. Is it the ear? IS it another disease? I am exhausted and need help? My eyes have a hard time focussing. I try to exercise, stationary bike and swimming every other day. I used to be a very active person who helped others. Please, someone help me. It is difficult being in this body.Every day I don’t know what it will be like when I get up, good or bad, confident or fright.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a bad back too.

  45. QUESTION:
    Elderly dog please help?
    We have a 15 year old fox terrier who has lived a full and happy life and always been energetic and a bit mad. She had a health problem when she was a puppy which means she only has one kidney and what the vet describes as a fairly serious heart murmur but other than that she has always been fine and shown no symptoms.

    In the last few years her age has become apparent. She has gone very thin despite eating lots, she trembles alot, is deaf and i think her sight is not great. She sometimes gets very agitated and i think is a bit senile but has always been hyperactive. For the last few months she has been weeing much more and wetting her bed. This week she has developed a bowel problem, which means she has diarrohea but also strains to have a bowel movement as if she has constipation.

    From reading this i know it seems she is on her last legs and maybe i should have her put to sleep, but she is still very very happy. She is not in pain and looks fragile but fine. Should i wait for her to deteriorate and i will know when she has had enough or should i think about putting her to sleep now? It is difficult at the moment, but is that a good enough reason to have her put to sleep? She is happy sleeping in the garden and gets up to greet me and still begs for food, but we wake up every morning to awful mess and i don’t know what i would do if i couldnt put her outside in the nice weather. The vet knows she has done very well for age but would not help me make the decision. She is too old to go through any intervention or treatment so i don’t want them to start looking for diseases now as she couldnt get throught it. Do old dogs just lose control of their bowels like this? I am not afraid of losing her, i just want to be sure its her time and not too soon. I am sure because of her happy and slightly nutty nature she will just carry on regardless despite the physical problems she may be suffering. I hope this isnt an awful question, but i could do with some guidance on this. Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      i just lost my 11 year old dog, had her since she was 9 weeks old, and she went blind, had issues with bathroom , wetting, and such, i had finally had to put her down, as she was in misery, could barely walk and had to be guided outside, and guided to food bowl, It was painful for me to do. But, i did not see her having anymore fun with me, she was my best buddy, followed me in the yard. used to hunt for lizzards, and was a blast to have around. but this was not her best time. she was in misery, it was hard, but i could not see her like this any longer. It was a tough choice, but, you will in the near future have to do the same thing. I now have a new puppie, but i stilll miss my 11 year old friend.

  46. QUESTION:
    Does anyone else feel like the swine flu is being exaggerated by the media?
    My disabled sister became ill this morning with a rapid heartbeat and short of breath and back pain. She became worse tonight and myself and my other sister had to take her into a local large hospital. We had to wait over 3 hours just to be checked into the emergency room. There were over 20 children being seen for cough symptoms. I understand parent’s concern, but I believe that the media coverage is causing panic. I asked the doctor why the delay in tests and treatment. He told us that parents were bringing in children because they were afraid that their children had the swine flu. He said almost 95% were just allergies or sinus problems because of seasonal problems. My sister was finally diagnosed treated and released after being in the ER for over 6 hours. The doctor said that her treatment normally would have only taken one hour. She ended up having a kidney infection. I believe that the media is sensationalizing the story and may cause panic. I lived in the first outbreak of swine flu in the 70′s. I was very young, but I don’t remember the panic that this outbreak is causing. We live in a state that has one infected individual and is about 100 miles away. I believe that people should be rational, but be cautious. I also believe that if you believe that you or a family member has come in contact to wait to be seen by your family doctor. The ER’s are for life threatening emergencies. People could die if they aren’t seen immediately. I’m concerned that this panic could cost someone their lives. How does anyone else feel about the media covering the story on the swine flu? I’m very concerned about people’s health and safety.

    • ANSWER:
      I totally agree with you. So far the H1N1 virus is proving to be less severe than other currently circulating flu viruses which are killing hundreds of people everyday. I don’t understand the reasoning of the WHO in rating this as a level 5 pandemic for an essentially non-lifethreatening illness. It is taking away from other areas where health care and funding is actually necessary.
      If there was a higher mortality rate, it would make more sense. Even if the inflated mortality numbers in Mexico were accurate, (which I doubt in light of the 0% mortality rate everywhere else) they would still be around half a percent. How is this different than any other contagious illness, like the common cold? I really feel it’s an excuse for the WHO to do a trial run to practice for a real emergency, and an excuse for US states to declare a state of emergency so they can get funds from the Fed. It’s ridiculous, in my opinion.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is ciprofloxacin suitable for dogs?
    As a pharmacist, I see cipro used for moderate to severe kidney / UTI infections. My vet suggested I give my 13 mth weimaraner (30kg) cipro twice daily for the treatment of a UTI (at least before I can get my dog in for him to take a swab). Current symptoms include green discharge from vagina and occasional smell (anal glands ruled out).

    I’ve previously given my dog cephalexin, with little response. So he suggested the cipro in case this was a resistant strain from the previous infection.

    Two things:

    1. Can cipro be used in dogs? I know enrofloxacin (Baytril) exists (which is converted to cipro in the body), is there a problem giving cipro straight to dogs that i should know about?

    2. The use of quinolones (the group that cipro/enro belong to) is associated with joint problems (pain, cartilage degradation) in young children – i would assume this relates to young dogs too.

    I’d ask the vet, except I can’t get a hold of him. thought i’d give this forum a try!

    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Cipro is an aceptable drug for UTI’s in canines. I’m a bit rusty on the age relation, but at 13 months your dog is equivalent of a 14 year old girl.

  48. QUESTION:
    I suffer from severe lower front & back pain but no one knows what it is. Can some one shed some light please?
    I have suffered from lower left pain for some years now. I was told by my OBGYN that it was most likely due to scar tissue from my past C-sections. It is at it’s worse just before & during my menstruation. Last summer the pain started getting worse. I developed and was treated for a kidney infection. Within 2 weeks after treatment the pain came back. I was given a CT scan. They found a lesion on large intestine & sent me for a colonoscopy. The colonoscopy showed acute diverticulitis but they were not convinced that was the cause of pain. I then had an ultrasound which showed everything was perfect but an IVP & a Renal ultrasound a month later showed an enlarged uterus a couple of insignificant cysts, follicle which they say may be residue from past kidney infection and an indentation in my bladder. I had a laparoscopy done 2 weeks ago & was sent home without anyone speaking to me so I don’t know the results. I have been resting since surgery & was feeling ok until my menstruation started. The pain is a 10 on the scale & goes from the lower left front to the lower left backside and the joint of left hip. It does not move, is consistent, lasts for days & feels like it’s swollen & on fire. Does any suffer from similar symptoms? Is it possible I am suffering from more than 1 problem? What other tests can I do? Is there some out there who recognize these symptoms? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all find out the results of the laproscope. Are these tests being performedby onee doctor or more than one? You need to gather all the information -records in one place and find a good diagnostician. One of your doctors or a local hospital can recommend one.Itt sounds like several problems overlapping each other.
      Diverticulitiss does cause pain.

      Symptoms of diverticulitis may last from a few hours to a week or more. Symptoms include:
      ■Belly pain, usually in the lower left side, that is sometimes worse when you move. This is the most common symptom.
      ■Fever and chills.
      ■Bloating and gas.
      ■Diarrhea or constipation.
      ■Nausea and sometimes vomiting.
      ■Not feeling like eating.
      Keep trying until you find one doctor will help you.

  49. QUESTION:
    Please help.?
    Of late i have a health problem but not very sure whether its normal or i have a kidney or blander problem.Sometimes if i go to releave myself(short call) i let out yellowish urine. could this be a symptom of a desease. Am very much worried i have never gone to a hospital for any treatment apart from common colds

    • ANSWER:
      Both the previous answers are spot on !! If your urine is really dark yellow or orangey in color your body is becoming extremely dehydrated…………….. make sure you get at least 2 litres per day of fresh filtered water as just to maintain aspiration our bodies need at least that amount.

      Try to cut back on your intake of beverages containing caffeine such as coffee, tea, sodas and soft drinks as these will only serve to dehydrate you further.

      Go buy yourself a nice plastic drink bottle and keep it with you throughout the day and constantly fill it and drink from it ….. that way you’ll never be stuck for a nice cooling, refreshing drink of water !!

      CHEERS

  50. QUESTION:
    Is Dr. House in the house?
    A very dear friend of mine is complaining of symptoms that don’t seem to match up to anything pertaining to his “main” condition. Here’s hoping a real life Dr. House can offer an explanation.

    “Sweetie” is 61 and drinks way too much. It’s obvious to me and others that he’s an alcoholic. He is finally seeking treatment for a “mysterious illness” with many cirrhosis-like symptoms: edema, ascites, hypertension and general weakness to name the most obvious ones. He also looks like he’s about 4 stone overweight.

    Not a good start, eh?

    What confuses me are the symptoms he’s actually “really” complaining about. He seems to catch a cold every two days. Every so often (yearly?) he goes down with something that I can only describe as being like meningitis — severe headaches and neck stiffness, grogginess, and he’s out of it for a week or 10 days.

    The cold-like symptoms could be allergies, but he recently went to California and came back with even worse symptoms. The environment there was totally different, so I’m leaning towards ruling out allergies. He is also complaining of some upper chest pain and, oddly, painful knees (which could be a result of his weight or….could be TB?).

    Sounds like I’ve lost my mind — that I should care about “little” symptoms with a person who so obviously is killing himself with alcohol, but I reckon if I understood the whole picture I could conduct one of those “Interventions” more effectively and help his friends and family get him into one of those fancy month long dry-out centres and treatment programmes.

    So I MUST understand what the problems are, so as not to de-rail his primary consultant’s plans for him. (Of course, I am not privy to his consultant’s diagnosis or treatment plans. I’m truly operating in the dark.)

    So —- “Sweetie” is currently undergoing a series of tests with a consultant here in the UK. His heart and blood seem to be “okay”. Now they’re moving on to check urine to see if kidneys are okay. Presumably this consultant’s approach is to rule out “everything else” to explain his major symptoms and therefore land squarely on “It’s your liver, stupid.” A Consultant MUST say it or otherwise, a smart guy like this ain’t gonna’ believe NOTHIN’ that comes from NOBODY about his extreme affection for and dependence on alcohol. Hopefully the threat of actually dying will shake him up enough to be willing to enter your UK equivalent of a Betty Ford Center.

    Leading me to the “auxiliary” symptoms. I need to know what’s really going on before dragging someone off to get dried out. About these symptoms:
    1) Do they support a diagnosis of alcoholism and/or cirrhosis? (For example, could the meningitis-like symptoms be hypatic encephalopathy? Sorry, I have NO exposure to this so can’t do an amateur diagnosis on this one, unfortunately.)
    2) Do they support a “stranger” diagnosis such as TB? (He did work a long while in Africa many years ago.)
    3) Should I forget the “little” symptoms and just rush this dude to an alcoholic abuse centre and steam roll over “everything else”?

    THANKS for your advice. I’ve been worried about this for so long!

    • ANSWER:
      The episodes do sound like hypatic encephalopathy. Excess of alcohol is one of the reasons for vitamin B12 deficiency among other B vitamin deficiencies. Vitamin B12 deficiency causes chest pains among many other symptoms. As the liver and kidneys are essential to process vitamin D, a deficiency is this vitamin affects the joints and bones and causes muscle weakness. Vitamin D is essential to activate the immune system and B vitamins are also need for the immune.

      Of course weight also affects the knees. Milk thistle tonic is a must for anyone with liver problems as this detoxes the liver and helps regenerate damaged liver cells. It is found that addictions are linked to low serotonin levels and other neurotransmitters, this is why amino acid therapy is successful.

      Liver treatments:

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=liver-problems&subpage=cirrhosis

      Addiction recovery – amino acid nutrition therapy:

      http://www.addictionrecoveryguide.org/holistic/nutrition.html

      Vitamin B deficiencies and alcoholism:

      http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0847/is_n3_v13/ai_8193308/


Symptoms Of Kidney Disease In Humans

What are symptoms of kidney stones in ureter? They arise when a stone turn out to be lodged in the ureter/urethra. Clearly, kidney stones cause unbearable pain when come in a ureter.

If a stone becomes sizeable enough, it may start to depart of your kidney and move forward through the ureters – the tubes that transmit urine from the kidney to your bladder.

If it gets immovable in the ureter, this is able to bring about an infection which can cause enduring kidney harm.

The ureter contracts in response to the stone, producing serious pain in the flank or lower back that frequently radiates to the groin, in men to the testis. Those who with nephrolithiasis commonly cannot get comfortable and will always alter position in an effort to get release from the embarrassment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What do you think of this article?? truth or fiction…?
    FACTORY FARMED CHICKEN

    Almost all chicken meat in the United States is produced through the “factory farming” system, in which animals are closely crowded together in filthy, disease-ridden conditions. Because of these unhealthy conditions, many chickens die even before they get to the slaughterhouse. For example, in an operation with 100,000 broiler chickens, approximately 250 birds die per day. Before being caught for the trip to the slaughterhouse, food and water are withdrawn; at the slaughterhouse, birds wait in trucks another 1 to 9 hours to be killed, sometimes in very hot or very cold weather.

    Chicken is far worse than beef in terms of contamination and bacteria. The Atlanta Constitution reported in 1991: “Every week throughout the South, millions of chickens leaking yellow pus, stained by green feces, contaminated by harmful bacteria, or marred by lung and heart infections, cancerous tumors or skin conditions are shipped to consumers.” Salmonella is present in over one-third of all chickens, and many millions of Americans are infected each year. The symptoms of salmonella poisoning are very similar to the flu (though only occasionally fatal), and thus many who are infected may never even be aware of what they have. To prevent these problems, chickens are usually heavily dosed with antibiotics (more than half of all antibiotic use in the U. S. is on factory farms!), but this indiscriminate use of antibiotics in turn helps create resistant strains of salmonella and other disease-causing germs, decreasing the effectiveness of antibiotics to fight human infections.

    HEART DISEASE, CANCER, AND MEDICAL COSTS

    And even if bacterial contamination were eliminated, we still have the tremendous problems of heart disease and cancer, the leading causes of death in the United States. Repeated efforts to lower cholesterol levels through switching from beef to chicken have ended in failure. Chicken is somewhat lower in fat than beef, but it still contains quite a bit of fat and even more cholesterol per calorie than does beef or pork.

    Moreover, meat which is lower in fat is always higher in protein, and excess protein is damaging to health just as is excess fat. Chicken which has 29% of its calories as fat contains 71% of its calories as protein, while ground beef which has 49% of calories of fat has 51% of its calories as protein. In terms of excess protein consumption chicken is worse than beef or pork. Problems caused by or related to excess protein consumption include kidney stones, kidney disease, osteoporosis, bladder cancer, and lymphoma. Chicken meat also completely lacks fiber; lack of fiber is linked to a variety of digestive disorders ranging from constipation to colon cancer. The three basic problems with our American-style diet—too much fat, too much protein, and lack of fiber—are thus all made worse by chicken consumption. Those who switch from beef to chicken are at best trading one set of health hazards for a different set.

    Chicken has done little for the nation’s health. In the past twenty-five years, we have seen a huge increase in poultry consumption; but health care expenditures during the same period showed phenomenal growth, now costing us hundreds of billions of dollars each year in the United States. The “switch” from beef to chicken has evidently had little, if any, effect on rising medical costs.

    ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

    Raising chickens affects the environment as well. Feeding grain to chicken may be somewhat less inefficient than feeding grain to cattle, but it is still wasteful—you must feed at least three times the amount of protein, calories, and other nutrients to the chickens in the form of plant foods than you retrieve in animal flesh at the end. Each year millions of children die due to malnutrition or starvation, and yet the Western countries continue to waste this grain by creating more and more chicken flesh.

    Moreover, chicken production results in incredible quantities of manure; a one-million hen complex produces 125 tons of wet manure each day. Animal agriculture in the U. S. produces many times more waste products than humans do. In many areas of the country livestock manure causes dangerous contamination of the drinking water due to nitrates. Even when used as a plant fertilizer, chicken manure can cause difficulties, as in Texas several years ago when cantaloupe fertilized with chicken manure caused sickness in human beings. The fault lay not with the cantaloupe but with the disease-ridden chicken manure.

    COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS

    And what about the effect of the “factory farming” system on the animals themselves? Over 7.5 billion birds are killed each year in the United States. We would probably like to believe that these animals at least lived fairly comfortable lives until they were taken to the slaughterhouse, and would also like to believe that chickens are then quickly and painlessly killed. Unfortunately, this is not true.

    Chickens are crowded together in cramped, windowless sheds, and must breathe concentrated excretory ammonia fumes which damage their eyes and lungs. They are mutilated by “debeaking”—the practice of cutting off most of the chicken’s beak when the chicken is young. The reason for “debeaking” is that without it, chickens in their cramped circumstances would peck each other and even attack and kill each other. Obviously, a chicken which needs to be “debeaked” in the first place is not a happy chicken; and the process of debeaking (akin to partial amputation of a human finger, without anesthesia) is quite painful in itself. Birds are deliberately bred to gain more weight than their legs and feet can support, leading to more pain.

    Turkey production is no better than chicken production. Turkeys, like chickens, are kept in intensely overcrowded quarters; they must be heavily dosed with antibiotics, are subject to many diseases, and have their beaks and their toes partially amputated (without anaesthetic, of course). Turkeys over the years have been bred to be fatter and fatter; today’s turkey is so overweight that it cannot mate and must be bred through artificial insemination.

    “Humanely raised” poultry avoids some of the worst abuses, such as debeaking and overcrowding. But chickens and turkeys are still killed long before their natural lifespan has elapsed, and it still is not a healthful food, as meat from any chicken or turkey—no matter how “humanely” raised—is going to be high in fat or protein (or both), and completely lacking in fiber.

    Chickens do not die easy deaths, either. The “humane slaughter” laws do not cover chicken or any other poultry. Slaughterhouses are operated as mechanical “disassembly” lines with as little human intervention as possible. Stunning devices are not required by law, and even where used only 1/3 of the chickens are effectively stunned. Some chickens have their throats slit and bleed to death while fully conscious. Millions of unfortunate chickens also escape the automatic knives that slit their throats, and thus go into the next stage—the scalding tank—alive and fully conscious.

    • ANSWER:
      It is truth. Another problem with buying chicken at the stores, is realizing that chicken parts are THERE, because, often, the other parts of THAT same chicken had cancer. Seriously, cancerous parts get cut out, and the other parts of the chicken do get sold as parts.
      I have seen turkey farms that did all those horrible things to the critters.
      I have raised my own chickens, and found that, although I was raising them for the eggs produced, that chickens are really filthy to raise in even small numbers. Trying to keep conditions clean for my own chickens was a full time job! I loved having the fresh eggs, they were delicious! I stopped raising my own, for the fresh eggs, when I just could not keep up with how much fecal matter there was to deal with. I only had a few chickens! I had a great house for them, and kept it nice. So, if I couldn’t stand just a few of them around, think what it must be like to do it for a living…….the more chickens you have, the more money you make. Dreadful problem.

  2. QUESTION:
    Please help! medical question… Please please please help?
    Which of the following groups have the highest rate of noncompliance in immunizations?
    a. babies
    b. preschool children
    c. school-age children
    d. teenagers
    e. adults

    The common side effect(s) of immunizations is (are)
    a. rashes
    b. soreness at the site of the injection
    c. fever
    d. all of the above
    e. all except a

    The agency that determines immunization schedules and the immunization needs for a specific locale is the
    a. health department
    b. FDA
    c. BNDD
    d. CDC

    Which of the following is true of active immunity?
    a. It is produced from having the disease or immunization.
    b. It never requires a booster dose of immunization.
    c. It is long lasting.
    d. all of the above
    e. all except b

    Which of the following is true of active immunity?
    a. It is produced from having the disease or immunization.
    b. It never requires a booster dose of immunization.
    c. It is long lasting.
    d. all of the above
    e. all except b

    If a person is leaving the United States to travel in foreign countries, who can he or she call for a list of needed immunizations?
    a. local health department
    b. local emergency room
    c. CDC
    d. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Antibacterial medications include
    a. penicillins and cephalosporins
    b. macrolides and aminoglycosides
    c. sulfonamides
    d. tetracyclines
    e. all but c

    Antiseptics, disinfectants, and germicides
    a. may require a prescription
    b. may be bought over the counter
    c. are used to sanitize animate and inanimate objects
    d. all of the above
    e. all except a

    Which of the following are particularly susceptible to antibiotics and antimicrobials?
    a. infants and small children
    b. the elderly
    c. persons with liver and kidney diseases
    d. pregnant and lactating women
    e. all except d

    Which of the following is NOT true about tetracyclines?
    a. They should be given with milk products.
    b. They may be recognized by the suffix “cycline.”
    c. They cannot be given to children or pregnant women owing to the danger of staining teeth.
    d. They cause photosensitivity.
    e. They are dangerous for use after expiration date.

    Which of the following is NOT true of sulfonamides?
    a. Sulfonamides are true antibiotics.
    b. Sulfonamides are used to treat areas where fluids can flush infection.
    c. Sulfonamides are categorized by duration of action.
    d. Sulfonamides are often used for urinary tract infections.
    e. Sulfonamides have common adverse reactions of kidney damage, acidosis, and gastrointestinal symptoms.

    Which of the following is NOT true of urinary tract anti-infectants?
    a. They are used to treat urinary tract infections.
    b. They do not achieve effective concentrations in blood and tissues to be antibacterial.
    c. They do not discolor urine.
    d. They have frequent adverse reactions in the gastrointestinal tract.
    e. They may be given with milk or milk products

    • ANSWER:
      1. e
      2.b
      3.a
      4.e
      5.e
      6.a
      7.e
      8.d
      9.d
      10.a
      11.a
      12.c

  3. QUESTION:
    Why do they want to KILL our Dogs?
    If you are a dog owner you’re probably aware of the recent pet food scandal that has rocked the nation, resulted in several pet deaths, hundreds of animals falling mysteriously ill and the nationwide recall of 60 million packages of dog food products (and counting) as well as other pet foods!

    The Culprit

    Melamine: This is the substance at the center of the pet food poison scandal. Pure melamine is used to make plastics and fertilizer so how the heck could it make the transition into dog food? Well the story begins in China…kind of.

    Animal feed producers in China have apparently for some time routinely supplemented their feed with melamine to artificially boost the protein content (which translates into more profit). Protein readings are done by assessing the nitrogen levels of the feed and guess what? Melamine has a high nitrogen content!

    Unfortunately this sordid tale gets worse. As if adding poisonous melamine to your dog’s food was not bad enough another toxic ingredient is routinely added to Chinese animal feed products. This substance is known as cyanuric acid. In the United States this stuff is commonly used to disinfect swimming pools!

    Investigators looking into the hundreds of pet food poison related deaths now believe that the combination of those two ingredients in commercial dog food and other pet food synergistically elevated the toxins to the point where they became lethal to pets.

    The Dirty Secret Close To Home

    Although American food safety regulators are pinning the blame on pet food contaminated with Chinese animal feed products, the alarming truth is that dog food manufactured in the USA is also toxic to your pet!

    Commercial dog food manufactured in the US contains no less than 6 deadly chemicals that have been banned as unfit for human consumption because they cause:

    Hair Loss (fur loss);

    Kidney Disease;

    Liver dysfunction;

    Stomach cancer;

    Blindness;

    Leukemia; and

    Skin cancer, to name but a few! The substances that cause these problems are found in preservatives…

    Oh But I Always Use Preservative Free Dog Food!

    You may think that your dog is safe and healthy because you only insist on buying preservative free dog food. Well dog manufacturers have found a legit way around that too! Many dog foods labeled as preservative free in fact contain preservatives because the manufacturers exploit a loophole whereby they do not have to list any preservative that they themselves did not add.

    And unfortunately many preservatives are added to pet foods at the rendering plant well before the meat is ever sent to the manufacturer. One of the most widely used and most powerful preservatives also happens to be one of the most toxic! It is called ethoxyquin (EQ) and you aren’t going to see it listed on your dog food label anytime soon (even though it is in that “preservative free” dry pet food you love to buy) because the manufacturer has no legal obligation to list it.

    Although ethoxyquin is permitted in pet food, workers exposed to this substance showed symptoms similar to those of people exposed to agent orange (poisonous herbicide used by the US government in Vietnam War that caused cancer and other diseases).

    Your Dog Is Eating Dead Dogs And Dead Cats!

    Perhaps the sickest part of this sick tale is that euthanized (put down) dogs and cats are recycled as chow for your pet! The city of angels (Los Angeles) is known for the devilish practice of recycling approximately 200 tons of dead cats and dogs each month into pet food!

    Arrrgghh…disgusting huh?

    Still it gets worse; poisonous disinfectants and denaturing chemicals are used to treat those recycled dead animals and “render them safe” for your dog’s consumption, not to mention the fact that the toxin used to kill those animals (sodium pentobarbital) can withstand the heat used in the denaturing process.

    Bottom line: If you love your dog and want to see him/her live to a ripe healthy old age, perhaps it is time you considered alternative means of nutrition!

    • ANSWER:
      BHA, BHT and Ethoxyquin (found in By-Products) are ALL known problem causers yet they are ALLOW in pet food…

      you should always look for food that says
      “HUMAN GRADE ingredients”

      here is a good link for info on some ingredients

      http://www.gomestic.com/Pets/What-is-in-Your-Dogs-Food.77020

      worst thing is vets actually recommend some crappy brands (like Science Diet) because they are PAID to.. and dont receive any education on ingredients and brands…

  4. QUESTION:
    Why did both my cats die? But on different days? Im so sad !!?
    Ok i had 2 cats a 2 year old [human years] and a [8 month old] the 2 year old named Yoshi had gotten all his shots and he was neutered but he was overweight other than that he looked healthy
    & my 8 month old cat named Ashes didnt have her shots and she wasnt spayed so she was the one that had a bigger possibility of getting sick =[ she has gone out once in a while. One day we found her sick my mom gave her medicine the next day she looked better but Yoshi looked sick he is a male and he had all his shots he was healthier than my other cat but Yoshi died first but he didnt get sick first so wtf? And its so sad because i saw him suffer he died last week saturday at 1 in the morning he would throw up and wouldnt eat so he basically threw up water or stomache acid my mom would give him medicine but it didnt work on him so he would keep throwing up and his pee didnt smell its like as if it were pure water we did take him to the vet and they said he had a possibility of having kidney disease but the doctor said he was too young for that we felt his tummy and we felt like a ball so ni guess he did have kidney disease but how did he get it? Ashes was sick before him but he died earlier than her. The after he passed we took him to go get cremated and we got his ashes back then a week later Ashes is sicker than ever she can berly walk she doesnt eat she is super skinny you can see/feel her bones is she depressed or sick also? Then yesterday we left somewhere and we dont know what happend to her we came back she was gone we dont know if she left or if she died somewhere we searched all over the house and couldnt find her so we gave up and now believe she is dead but she could berly walk so if she left yesterday in the rain sick and couldnt walk then i guess she probaly died ! =[ but is it true that cats know when they are going to die so they hide somewhwre to die? The SADDEST part of Yoshi is that i got to see him suffer and im only 12 yaesr old. At night he would cry in pain LOUD he would try to walk he couldnt he would fall he couldnt even stand up so my sister said hes too sick i dont wanna see him suffer like this anymore lets take him to get euthenised and on the way he died in my moms arms before he died he would stretch his arms like he couldnt breathe or like his heart stopped then he died =’[ i cried and cried it was so devastating and Ashes is gone! why why why>??? is she safe? will she come back? she was gone alll day yesterday and today im so sad =[ i even prayed for them but i guess their time has come =’[ =’[ =’[
    what do you think caused their death her are their symptoms
    Yoshi
    ________________________________________________
    • vomiting ALOT
    • no eating
    • pee didnt smell
    • crying in pain
    • sleeping all day
    • his pain lookd like it came from his tummy
    • could berly walk

    Ashes
    ________________________________________________________________
    • Didnt eat
    • vomiting 2 or 3 times
    •super skinny
    • tired
    • could berly walk

    so what could have caused their deaths?????
    I miss them so much !!!!!!!!!!!!!! =’[

    i will always ♥ them and keep them in my heart forever and always

    • ANSWER:
      maybe you should had took them to the vets if ur cats were having health problems

  5. QUESTION:
    Atheists, why do you choose to be Atheists, when there are many things you cannot explain? Explain these cases?
    Hey!

    I am 19, and I left Islam on December 2009, due to lack of proof. I have since been looking for the truth. I read The Big Book of Near Death Experiences: The Ultimate Guide to What Happens When We Die by P. M. H. Atwater, and it has convinced me that there is a higher power. There are beings of light. Now, I may sound a bit weird, but there are many things which cannot be explained no matter how much logic you use.

    For instance, around 13 million people have experienced Near Death cases, and not all of them can be explained. To your defense, I will say that, yes, there is a drug called Ketamine, which causes symptoms almost identical to Near Death Experiences. But what about those people, that are clinically dead, and come back alive in the morgue? What about those people that claim that it is the most physical thing they have ever experienced? What about those people that see loved ones, whose existence they were unaware of, but later confirmed? What about those people whose entire personality changes, and come back as a different person? What about those people that were supposed to die of cancer, kidney disease, and such, and come back with no trace of the disease? What about the case of the firemen, who all had group Near Death Experiences, and could all recall seeing each other out-of-body? How can you explain all of these?

    http://near-death.com/

    How about the Catholic unsolved cases, where many people witness such things? Note, that not all of them can be debunked. The case of the bleeding statue, where the excrement was actually tested.

    http://listverse.com/2008/07/14/top-10-astonishing-miracles/

    How about ghosts? Now, you may not have proof, but you have far too many cases, with pictures, some of which cannot be fabricated.

    http://listverse.com/2009/12/27/top-10-famous-real-ghosts/

    How about reincarnation cases, where people start speaking different languages?

    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Twenty-Cases-Suggestive-of-Reincarnation/Ian-Stevenson/e/9780813908724

    Now if you go on to say, that the human mind is indeed powerful enough to make up things unknown, then wouldn’t it make sense that only a creator can create the human mind, with that much delicacy?

    I hope, I won’t be judged here, but the information is overwhelming. If you choose to read more books, with more research, you can find many astounding cases, where there has to be something. That is why I choose to be an Agnostic instead.
    Yeah, but if you don’t know, then be Agnostics. Why do you choose to directly disbelieve, just because you cannot see something, or lack sufficient proof?

    As for Near Death Experiences, fighter pilots do start seeing similar things, but they happen when the brain stops functioning.

    “The pilots were placed in huge centrifuges and spun at tremendous speeds. After they lost consciousness, after they went into seizures, after they lost all muscle tone, when the blood stopped flowing in their brains, only then would they suddenly have a return to conscious awareness. They had “dreamlets” as Dr. Whinnery calls them. These dreamlets are similar to NDEs. They often involved a sense of separation from the physical body. A typical dreamlet involved a pilot leaving his physical body and traveling to a sandy beach, where he looked directly up at the sun. The pilot remarked that death is very pleasant.”

    Now, how can a human have such vivid insight, when they are supposed to go blank?
    One aspect of Near Death Experiences is seeing what you believe in. I have read about this in the book, and the Beings of Light do this, to make themselves familiar to you. Now, in one case, a person did ask the figure of somebody what they really were, and the figure then took the shape of orbs, or light.

    Again, how can one explain group NDE? How can one come back, with a change in personality all-together, which no drug can induce positively, and permanently? How can one visit relatives, who were there before their birth? How can one explain that it was the most physical thing they can experience, rather than a dreamlike state? These are questions that need to be answered, witch science lacks in.

    • ANSWER:
      Fantasy and lack of education!!

      Near death has been investigated many times and shown to be the result of lack of oxygen to the brain! But since claims persisted codes or symbols were put on top of light fittings and high points in wards and ERs. Result claims dropped and those making the claims could not describe the codes or symbols!!

      All you describe is a powerful imagination and desire for something and nothing to do with reality!!

  6. QUESTION:
    i got this from my sister she sent it to me by email and i wanted everyone to read this so please do so?
    From Carlton in Pennsylvania————–Allan

    Leptospirosis — VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE READ

    This incident happened recently in North Texas. A woman went boating one Sunday taking with her some cans of coke which she put into the refrigerator of the boat. On Monday she was taken to the hospital and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. She died on Wednesday.

    The autopsy concluded she died of Leptospirosis. This was traced to the
    can of coke she drank from, not using a glass. Tests showed that the can was infected by dried rat urine and hence the disease Leptospirosis.

    Rat urine contains toxic and deathly substances. It is highly recommended thoroughly wash the upper part of soda cans before drinking out of them.
    The cans are typically stocked in warehouses and transported straight to
    the shops without being cleaned.

    A study at NYCU showed that the tops of soda cans are more

    Contaminated than public toilets (i.e).. full of germs and bacteria. So wash them with water before putting them to the mouth to avoid any kind of fatal accident.

    Please forward this message to all the people you care about.

    (I JUST DID)

    Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that affects humans and animals. It results in a wide range of symptoms, and some people may have no symptoms at all. It is caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium (spirochete). Symptoms include high fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice (! yellow skin and eyes).

    A definitive diagnosis requires laboratory testing of a blood or urine sample. Early detection is important because the disease can cause serious complications if not treated early in its course. These include kidney damage (nephrosis), meningitis (inflammation of the tissue around the brain or spinal cord), resp iratory distress and/or liver failure.

    • ANSWER:
      I want you to read this:
      Leptospirosis, better known as Weil’s disease, is a potentially deadly illness caused by bacteria passed along to humans in contact with urine from diseased animals (rats, frogs, rabbits, snakes, pigs and dogs). It is picked up rurally from swimming in contaminated lakes and reservoirs. In cities, the bacteria are passed along more easily — people splashing through puddles in areas that have a large rodent population might contract the disease, and eating or drinking contaminated food and water is always a danger. Leptospirosis can also be contracted by rubbing eyes with dirty hands. People with open cuts and wounds are especially vulnerable to the bacteria, as it can be picked up almost anywhere.

      As the rat population in cities grows, so does the potential for contact with this disease.

      Leptospirosis typically causes aches, pains and fever that go away on their own. One in ten cases includes high fever, jaundice, meningitis (inflammation of the brain lining), acute kidney failure, internal bleeding and, occasionally, death. Victims can die if they develop serious kidney or liver complications. In extreme cases, death follows three to six days after infection. The disease is treatable with antibiotics.

      In November 1998 leptospirosis killed eight people and hospitalized one hundred in China. In the same month in 1997, 22 people died from the same cause out of the 300 who were infected with it. In the United States, 100 to 200 cases of leptospirosis occur each year (with about half of those in Hawaii), according to the Center for Disease Control.

      Another disease passed on through rat urine is hantavirus. It is transmitted to humans through breathing in particles of an infected rodent’s urine, droppings or saliva. The virus becomes airborne when excrement dries. Early symptoms mimic the flu and can progress to respiratory failure. Since 1993, 21 deaths in the United States have been blamed on this disease.

      In general, urine-encrusted soda cans are not the most likely purveyors of these diseases. Most cans of soda are packaged into cardboard boxes while still on the production line and thus aren’t at any risk of contamination. Additionally, once bottlers have mixed soft drink syrup in with soda water and sweetener, they try to get the finished product to the consumer as expeditiously as possible. Soft drink bottlers don’t warehouse large inventories of finished product for any length of time — freshness is everything, so the product is moved out quickly, leaving little opportunity for rodents to use the tops of cans as latrines. Nonetheless, it’s still always a good idea to wipe off cans from exposed six-packs or those dispensed from drink machines, if for no other reason than to avoid picking up something passed on by the human handlers of the product.

      Barbara “errata” Mikkelson

      And the next time you get one of these chain emails find the original poster and tell that big goon to lay off the Michael Moore movies.

  7. QUESTION:
    Beware if your friend offer you “DRUGS”!! Mgs from God?
    God see what human is doing!
    Many youngsters or even adults r easily influence by friends who is taking drugs.

    Am writing this because my ex-husband is a drugs addict.
    He also ever told me nowadays teens / teenagers started to take & sell drugs in school.
    That is really ridicules!!
    He borrow money everywhere to buy drugs.
    Just for the moment of high.
    End up he lost everything in his life.
    No human sense.
    Violent.
    Commit Suicide in the end.

    I hope & god want me to pass this message to all human beings.
    Treasure your life.
    For the sake of yourself & your family.
    Stay healthy always.

    This are the Symptoms if you are taking drugs now.
    Mental confusion
    Extreme tiredness and hunger
    Fits, stroke and death
    Liver and kidney diseases
    Damage to heart and nerves
    Memory loss
    Difficulty in learning and seeing things clearly
    Loss of control of body

    Last, God will bless you & forgive you.
    Please Save yourself & your love one now.
    Save the Earth!!

    No offence. Just a sharing. Amen.

    • ANSWER:
      This is why I am going to school
      to be a Drug and Alcohol Counselor.
      To offer hope to the hopeless.
      To help a sick person get well.

  8. QUESTION:
    could somebody check spelling and grammar in this paper.?
    The Bhopal Disaster took place in December 3, 1984 in Bhopal, India.

    Disaster was caused by the release of 27 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas from a Union Carbide India Limited, pesticide plant owned by Union Carbide.

    Union Carbide had 14 factories in India, one of them was in Bhopal. At night of Dec. 2nd and 3rd, 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate began leaking. There was no warning, none of the six safety systems were working. People woke in their homes to fits of coughing, their lungs filling with fluid. People woke up screaming in pain. Deadly gas was dusting their eyes. They couldn’t breath, they were choking in blood. They weren’t able to control their bladders. After several hours there were thousands of dead bodys on the streets.

    Breathlessness, persistent cough, diminished vision, early age cataracts, loss of appetite, menstrual irregularities, recurrent fever, back and body aches, loss of sensation in the limbs, fatigue, weakness, anxiety and depression are the most common symptoms among survivors. The alarming rise in cancers, reproductive health problems and others such as growth retardation among children born after the disaster remain undocumented.

    Aziza Sultan „At about 12.30 am I woke to the sound of my baby coughing badly. I saw that the room was filled with a white cloud. I heard a lot of people shouting. I started coughing with each breath seeming as if I was breathing in fire. My eyes were burning too.”

    “People were dying on the streett! It was horrible!”

    How many thousands of people? no one knows. Carbide says 3,800. Municipal workers who picked up bodies with their own hands, loading them onto trucks for burial in mass graves or to be burned on mass pyres, reckon they shifted at least 15,000 bodies. Survivors, basing their estimates on the number of shrouds sold in the city, conservatively claim about 8,000 died in the first week. Such body counts become meaningless when you know that the dying has never stopped.

    Pople left the city. They waited, and when the clouds of deadly gas gone, they come back.

    Every plant in this city was poisoned. Environs was covered by hundreds of tonnes of toxic waste. Environmentalists have warned that the waste is a potential minefield in the heart of the city, and the resulting contamination may lead to decades of slow poisoning, and diseases affecting the nervous system, liver and kidneys in humans. Studies have shown that the rates of cancer and other ailments are higher in the region since the event.

    In a partial settlement with the Indian government, agreed to pay out some 0 million in compensation. The victims weren’t consulted in the settlement discussions, and many felt cheated by their compensation -0-0 – or about five years’ worth of medical expenses. Today, those who were awarded compensation are hardly better off than those who weren’t.

    The Indian goverment charged Union Carbide but nobody was convicted.

    Bhopal haven’t been cleaned up yet.

    If we don’t wont such accidents as in Bhopal we must take care of those factories which use dangerous chemicals. And turn one’s attention to those problems.

    • ANSWER:
      The Bhopal Disaster took place in December 3, 1984 in Bhopal, India. Disaster was caused by the release of 27 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas from a Union Carbide India Limited, pesticide plant owned by Union Carbide.

      Union Carbide had 14 factories in India, one of them was in Bhopal. During the nights of December the 2nd and 3rd, 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate began leaking, there was no warning and none of the six safety systems were working. People woke in their homes to fits of coughing, their lungs filling with fluid and screaming in pain. Deadly gas was dusting their eyes. They couldn’t breathe, they were choking in their own blood and they weren’t able to control their bladders. After several hours there were thousands of dead bodies on the streets.

      Breathlessness, a persistent cough, diminished vision, early age cataracts, loss of appetite, menstrual irregularities, recurrent fever, back and body aches, loss of sensation in the limbs, fatigue, weakness, anxiety and depression are the most common symptoms among survivors. The alarming rise in cancers, reproductive health problems and other conditions such as growth retardation among children born after the disaster remain undocumented.

      Aziza Sultan stated “At about 12.30 am I woke to the sound of my baby coughing badly. I saw that the room was filled with a white cloud. I heard a lot of people shouting. I started coughing with each breath seeming as if I was breathing in fire. My eyes were burning too. People were dying on the street! It was horrible!”

      Exactly how many thousands of people died, no one actually knows. Carbide says 3,800. Municipal workers who picked up bodies with their own hands, loading them onto trucks for burial in mass graves or to be burned on mass pyres, reckon they shifted at least 15,000 bodies. Survivors, basing their estimates on the number of shrouds sold in the city, conservatively claim about 8,000 died in the first week. Such body counts become meaningless when you know that the dying has never stopped. People left the city. They waited, and when the clouds of deadly gas had gone, they came back again.

      Every plant in this city was poisoned. Environments was covered by hundreds of tonnes of toxic waste. Environmentalists have warned that the waste is a potential minefield in the heart of the city, and the resulting contamination may lead to decades of slow poisoning, and diseases affecting the nervous system, liver and kidneys in humans. Studies have shown that the rates of cancer and other ailments are higher in the region since the event.

      In a partial settlement with the Indian government, they agreed to pay out some 0 million in compensation. However the victims were not consulted in the settlement discussions, and many felt cheated by their compensation of between 0and 0 – which equates to about five years worth of medical expenses. Today, those who were awarded compensation are hardly any better off than those people who weren’t awarded anything.

      The Indian goverment charged Union Carbide but nobody was convicted and Bhopal haven’t been cleaned up yet.

      If we don’t want such accidents as in Bhopal we must take care of those factories which use dangerous chemicals and turn one’s attention to those problems.

  9. QUESTION:
    dont pay attention to this!?
    Organ and Tissue Transplants
    Modern techniques of medical transplantation—surgically removing a diseased or malfunctioning kidney, heart, or other organ, and replacing it with a healthy organ from a donor—has brought new life and new hope to patients who, just a few generations ago, would have died. But the practice has also raised significant ethical questions. One such question centers on the cold reality of supply versus demand: At any moment, there are upwards of 150,000 people in the world awaiting transplants. A scarcity of donor organs usually means a long wait—during which some patients die. A large supply of organs is available from the roughly 200,000 patients worldwide who are declared brain-dead each year, but the problem has been to secure consent from family members and loved ones to remove organs for transplant.
    For many years medical ethicists have considered the question of whether ethical means can be found to increase the supply of donor organs. In the early 1980s, for example, American bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania discussed the concept of presumed consent—the idea that, barring strenuous objection from family members, doctors could presume that a person declared brain-dead would be willing to donate organs to save others. Some Asian nations, as well as some European nations, including France, Belgium, Austria, and Spain, have such policies. The United States and Canada later enforced a concept advanced by Caplan of required request—a policy whereby hospital personnel would be legally required to seek permission from family members before harvesting organs. The adoption of this policy in the United States and Canada increased the supply of donated tissues, such as corneas and bone marrow, but failed to dramatically increase the supply of donor organs.
    Current United States and Canadian law bars the sale or purchase of donor organs. The United States does permit the sale of plasma and other bodily products, such as hair and sperm. Would financial incentives provide a stimulus for more people to make organs available? Some ethicists believe so, while others find the idea of marketing organs ethically objectionable.
    Other ethical issues are raised by the practice of xenotransplantation—the use of animal tissues and organs for human transplant. In 1984 the case of “Baby Fae” stimulated wide ethical discussion. Doctors transplanted a baboon heart into a newborn girl to replace her own fatally flawed heart. She died shortly after. Some critics contend that xenotransplantation poses a danger to human health because of the risk of transferring deadly animal viruses to the human population. This risk causes bioethicists to question if such practices are ethical.
    In recent years, one of the most promising areas related to transplantation will likely trigger ethical debate well into the future: the experimental use of tissues from aborted human fetuses. In one particularly active area of this research, scientists have experimented for more than a decade with grafting nerve cells from human fetuses into the brains of patients suffering from Parkinson disease. This disorder, caused by the mysterious death of brain cells that produce a chemical called dopamine, gradually causes patients to lose control of their muscles. In early studies some patients who received fetal cells showed improvement in their symptoms, as the transplanted cells demonstrated the capacity to produce dopamine. But the treatment also produced unpleasant side effects. This research, like all research that depends on human fetal cells, has also provoked debate. Critics question the ethics of using tissues from human fetuses for any research purposes.
    Ethical uncertainty hangs over a related area of research on human embryonic stem cells. Human embryos contain stem cells that have the ability to develop into almost any type of cell. Scientists hope to direct stem cells to produce certain types of human tissue. It is possible that someday these cells might be used for transplants or for growing new tissue that can be grafted into the human body. For example, scientists hope that stem cells might one day be used to replace nerve cells destroyed by spinal injury, or heart muscle cells damaged during a heart attack. Interest in this field was heightened considerably when scientists announced in 1998 that they had learned how to grow human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory.
    At present the U.S. government has banned federal funding for human-embryo research, although private biotechnology companies are exempt from this ban and have been vigorously pursuing research on embryonic cells. In 2000 the federally funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) ruled that this ban was not necessary for studies using cells derived from human embryos, since these cells are not embryos. The NIH established guidelines enabling federal funds to be used in cases where cells were derived from frozen embryos that were created for the purposes of fertility treatment but were not going to be used and were therefore slated for destruction. Other nations currently differ widely in their policies: France, for example, has forbidden human-embryo research. No laws in Canada regulate human-embryo research, although scientists or institutions receiving federal funding must follow strict guidelines governing research on human embryos. The United Kingdom has laws permitting some forms of human-embryo research, going so far as to create guidelines allowing scientists to apply cloning technology to human embryonic cells to create genetically identical cells for a potential patient.
    But the ethical questions remain: Is it morally acceptable to use tissue taken from human embryos? One recent development might change the nature of this argument. Scientists discovered in 1999 that stem cells taken from adult mice, and not human embryos, also display an ability to change their function. Some stem-cell research continued with the use of adult mouse cells. In 2007 government medical authorities in the United Kingdom approved the creation of embryos that combine human and animal cells for use in medical research. British researchers claimed the hybrid embryos were vital in the fight against disease.

    ETHICAL ISSUES
    A number of ethical issues haunt the transplant field. With few exceptions, donated organs go to the patient who is nearest death, even though a healthier patient might benefit more by living longer after the transplant. People who need a second, third, or fourth transplant because their prior transplants failed usually gain top priority, even though they are not likely to do as well as patients who have not already had a transplant. Some critics object to giving organs to patients whose organ failure was the result of their own actions, such as cirrhosis of the liver resulting from alcohol abuse.
    Money is also a major issue. Access to transplantation is impossible without access to good primary medical care and good insurance, both of which are largely unavailable to the poor. To be placed on the waiting list, patients must show they can pay for the transplant. In 2005 a kidney transplant cost about 6,000 and a liver transplant as much as 0,000 in the first year after the surgery. Many insurance companies do not cover such costs, particularly for the new procedures, such as lung, pancreas, or multiple organ transplants, which are still considered experimental.
    Although organs cannot be bought and sold legally in the United States, there is evidence that a black market in organs exists in China and other countries. Persistent allegations have been made of people traveling to China and paying for organ transplants. Human rights groups have reported evidence that the bodies of executed prisoners are the source for most of the organs transplanted in China.
    In the United States, where organ donation is voluntary, ethical questions arise over the nature of the consent and the use of incentives. Intensive donor solicitations in recent years have not made much of a dent in the shortages of organs. Even though many people sign organ donor cards, their families are often reluctant to grant permission at the moment of crisis. Some ethicists debate whether family members should have the right to refuse donation if the deceased signed an organ donor card. Presumed consent laws, in which everyone would be considered willing donors unless they have specifically said they were unwilling, have been tried in Europe and South America, and on a limited basis in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Some experts have suggested financial incentives, such as cash rebates, estate tax discounts, or payment for burial expenses. Others have suggested broadening the criteria used to determine death beyond the lack of all brain activity. This would permit a surgeon to use organs from anencephalic children, who are born without a brain, and from people in a persistent vegetative state.
    The implantation of tissues from aborted fetuses into the brain showed promise as a treatment for both Parkinson and Huntington’s disease. Experimental results were mixed, but the treatment raised its own set of ethical questions. The foremost is the question of abortion itself. The possibility of using embryonic stem cells to create replacement organs has faced opposition for similar reasons. Some researchers believe that this issue can be surmounted by growing cells in the laboratory or by genetically engineering a patient’s own skin cells. Fetal pig cells have also been used as a treatment for Parkinson and Huntington’s disease, but that raises other ethical issues regarding the treatment of animals.

    The Moral Case for Organ Donation
    by Amitai Etzioni
    Thursday, August 26, 1999

    Amitai Etzioni is the Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at George Washington University. He is the author of The Limits of Privacy. He can be reached at etzioni@gwu.edu.
    Pennsylvania is considering paying families of organ donors 0 to help cover the donors’ funeral costs. The money will be paid directly to the funeral homes, to prevent it from being used for other purposes, thus openly introducing a market in organs. Such a market has been until now considered anathema in the United States, a sentiment backed by a law banning trade in organs. Could that be changing?
    In the market for organs
    A May Time magazine essay by Charles Krauthammer suggested that it is acceptable that the poor will be more likely than the rich to be enticed by the Pennsylvania gambit, given that most societal harms fall more heavily on the poor. Why not a cash benefit? And, Krauthammer argues, if paying for organs would lead to a flourishing market, one that licks the great shortage in organs, breaking the taboo against such a trade is a price well worth paying.
    What about an organ market?
    The experience in third-world countries, such as India and Egypt, should give pause to all those who favor an outright market in organs. Poor people have their kidneys taken without being properly informed of the risk involved. Rich people can buy all the organs they need or want; those less fortunate often cannot scare up any.
    At the same time, the urgent need to increase the organ supply on these shores is well established. An estimated 4,000 Americans die each year because no organs can be found for them. And the quality of life of thousands more suffers because they cannot find needed corneas and kidneys. Increased organ donations also would significantly reduce health-care expenditures. For instance, it costs less to transplant a kidney and maintain a person on the follow-up treatment needed than to keep the same person on dialysis for four years. Many stay on dialysis much longer if no kidney is found.
    Is there any way to greatly increase the number of organ donors without opening a market in human parts, which many — myself included — find ethically highly troubling? Before chapter and verse can be spelled out, the underlying principle needs to be explicated. Social scientists have shown that we are social creatures who deeply yearn for the approval of others. These can be members of our family, friends, neighbors, and more generally, community members.
    The strong power of so-called significant others is exhibited in intense, sometimes extreme, forms through peer pressure on teenagers, gang members and soldiers in combat. Members of such groups will do practically anything their group prescribes, even endanger their own lives. Much milder forms of such social pressure are evident when we donate money to a church or a civic cause, both because we believe in the merit of doing so and because we yearn for the approval of those whose opinions matter to us. (Anonymous donations are surprisingly rare.)
    The case for moral suasion
    Currently the voice of the community that favors organ donations has no chance to be aired or heard. People who feel like donating on their own, and remember to do so, mark their Motor Vehicle forms accordingly, but nobody is there to encourage them to do so, to appreciate it when they do, and maybe look at them with regret when they do not. Typically the issue does not come up until someone is on the death bed and — at this most difficult time — physicians and other health-care personnel are expected to ask the members of their family to consent to organ donation.
    To give moral suasion more of a chance, two measures should be taken. First, we should provide a new form at physicians’ and hospitals’ waiting rooms, clinics, Red Cross stations and other places where volunteers gather. The form would state explicitly that “we the people would be most appreciative, and hold you in high regard, if you could find it in your heart to make a life-affirming donation by authorizing the use of your organs once they are no longer of service to you.”
    The text then would describe briefly the severe shortage of donated organs and its many dire effects. The main focus of the text, however, would be the moral virtue of donating organs. The forms would close by stating that if you decline, for religious or any other reason, no explanation is needed. All said and done, it is up to you.
    Second, the names of those who made the pledge would be logged into computerized databases, accessible to physicians engaged in organ transplantation. (A new law may be needed to establish the validity of the endorsements of these forms and to prevent family members from overriding them.) If these lists also were open to the press, its reports might greatly increase the number of those who would sign up; it is the best tool to alert the community about who has — and has not yet — committed to make an organ donation. At the same time, at least initially, such publication might be considered too high handed.
    The new forms should be promoted through public-service announcements, and by public figures — urging people to come forward, announcing that “I myself have just made the commitment to save lives by donating my organs should I no longer need them.”
    The main point, though, is as elementary as it is important: Instead of waiting for each person to consider the matter, without any encouragement or recognition by their community, we should unabashedly stress that in our minds and hearts we cheer donating organs and celebrate those who pledge to do so. One need not a priori rule out a market in organs, despite all the ethical challenges it poses. But at least we should first give moral suasion a chance.

    http://www.speakout.com/activism/opinions/4188-1.html

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    http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/search.aspx?q=moral+issues+of+organ+transplantation

    • ANSWER:
      Is this a new way of doing someone else’s homework, without sending an email?

  10. QUESTION:
    i think this can make the zombie virus?
    I then thought of the Ebola virus, the most fatal disease known to man. Only 1500 cases worldwide and only 20% of cases survived. It only occurs in Humans and Primates, and is usually carried by Fruit Bats. The Ebola virus originated in Africa.

    Among humans, the virus is transmitted by direct contact with infected body fluids such as blood. The incubation period is 2 to 21 days. Symptoms are variable and often appear suddenly. Initial symptoms include: high fever (at least 38.8° C, 101° F), severe headache, muscle/joint/abdominal pain, severe weakness and exhaustion, sore throat, nausea, and dizziness. Before an epidemic is suspected, these early symptoms are easily mistaken for malaria, typhoid fever, dysentery, or various bacterial infections, which are all far more common. The secondary symptoms often involve bleeding both internally and externally from any opening in the body. Dark or bloody stools and diarrhea, vomiting blood, red eyes from swollen blood vessels, red spots on the skin from subcutaneous bleeding, and bleeding from the nose, mouth, rectum, genitals and needle puncture sites. Other secondary symptoms include low blood pressure (less than 90mm Hg) and a fast but weak pulse, eventual organ damage including the kidney and liver by co-localized necrosis, and proteinuria (the presence of proteins in urine). From onset of symptoms to death (from shock due to blood loss or organ failure) is usually between 7 and 14 days .

    The “Zombie” effect: Some cases and patients can actually develop the “Zombie effect” which is extreme as the skin on the body deteriorates and causes and almost “Zombie-like” look.

    However, the most shocking information I found on the Ebola virus is that it’s been genetically engineered with viruses such as Smallpox to create even more deadlier viruses to be used as Biological weapons. And that’s probably just the icing on the cake! How someone can do this is beyond me but it shows how far people can go.

    Anyway, want to know the only cool fact on the Ebola? It’s the origin of the viruses in Resident Evil. Umbrella used this to create the Progenitor virus which led to all the T’s and G’s etc. Cool eh? And the slice of information regarding the genetic modifying could lead me to believe that an Umbrella-esque division is out there in several countries.

    the Ebola was the base for the “Mother” virus which was combined with Leech DNA to create the T-Virus which creates Zombies. However, it’s not certain what the Ebola virus on it’s own would cause if combined with Leech DNA. Progenitor Virus (Which is the “Mother” virus) is an RNA Virus. An RNA Virus is also a real-life Virus. Hepatitis B is an example of this. So Hepatitis B + Ebola = ??? You guessed it, a strain of Virus similar to the Progenitor Virus. Combine this new strain with Leech DNA or something along the lines and what do you get? A similar strain of T-Virus. Now whether or not this could all mount up to a similar Virus remains to be seen but this some EXTREMELY serious stuff.

    but all of them combined together can create a t-virus, the only thing missing is the actual need of cannibalism. Which brings me to this:

    If a biochemist were to have the means of creating the virus, for lets say a bio-weapon (Which was the sole purpose of the t-virus in the first place) He would need the parasite Leucochloridium paradoxum.

    In some cases of infection of the parasite, the host receives the common symptoms, like headaches and pains. But what can happen is that the host can go into a violent rage that has been noted to kill someone in order to obtain the victims blood or flesh, whichever you choose. The host is not the one that needs the blood, but the parasite. The parasite needs to keep enough fluids and what not in its host, which is now its home, in order to keep it “alive” but has to keep itself alive, thus forcing the host to attack another of its kind or something else.

    Now if you injected the virus above into the parasite, then injected the parasite into the victim, it would create a weapon like no other.

    …now if you have the money. Im sure this can work out just fine

    Well for the top answer you would also have to make a virus that is imediatlly affective also the virus has to control the central nervous system which is tom thumb. plus it also has to have some sort of way to tell the body it wants meat or blood like rabies. this has to be made to make it grow or multiply at a fast rate. Also I have discover that there is a way to fuse viruses together.

    • ANSWER:
      The moral of this story? Don’t expect to learn much about real-life virology from Resident Evil.

  11. QUESTION:
    underweight and Type 2?
    I have been suffering with Diabetes for 5 months now and can not get any relief, I’m hoping someone may have gone through what I am dealing with now and can point me in the right direction. I was diagnosed with Type 2, I am 5’5, 36 years old, weigh 125lbs, I consider myself a healthy eater and a moderately active person. I have moderately high blood sugars ranging from 100-200. I am a human blood glucose machine. As soon as I start to go up (over 140) I know it right away and become ridiculously miserable. I start to get a weird feeling in my mouth that resembles the coating you get after eating one of those cheap microwave butter popcorn bags, which starts me on the constant fluid intake and restroom breaks. If it stays high I start to feel like I will literally turn to dust, my skin and scalp become itchy (so itchy I swore I had lice once even though no one could find anything and even treated my self for lice). I get weak where even getting up to go to the restroom is an effort. I just have an overall lousy feeling. When my blood sugars get in the 150-160 range it starts to affect my emotions and I will burst into tears almost instantly, which can be quite embarrassing in a public place. I am constantly tired. I honestly cannot take it anymore! It’s affecting my work and my home life (I am a single mom with 3 teenagers, and high stress.)

    I am currently taking the tried and true, Metformin 1000 mgs in the morning and another 1000 mgs in the evening. To be perfectly honest it helps a little bit by taking the edge off my symptoms, my blood sugar is still a roller coaster. I have tried other meds, such as Actos, but that did nothing for me. It can be fine one moment and then in an instant I can feel like I’m dieing.

    My a1c is always perfect (5.5), but I am VERY anemic, and that can cause lower a1c. I have fought with kidney infections all my life. My doctor thinks I am hypochondriac and has even giggled at my symptoms when I tell him. I am in a rural community and there are no specialists in this field here, as well as the fact that I am not currently insured at the moment. Almost all the information I have on this horrible disease is from the internet and books as my doctor, told me nothing.

    I am wondering if it is possible that I may have been misdiagnosed…… Perhaps a type 1? I feel like I am losing my sanity along with my health and I need help. Any advise on how to handle my situation???

    • ANSWER:
      Gosh… I’m so sorry you are going through this! I’m not a doctor, but it sure seems to me you need to take a trip to the nearest reasonable city to see a high quality endocrinologist. You need to share with this doctor your experiences with your hometown doc. so maybe you can work with the endocrinologist through long distance communication and periodic trips to the city.

      Figure out a way to get temporary help with your kids while you get whatever is going on under control.. so you can be there for them in the end.

      BTW- I’m average weight and seemingly type 2 (took the OGTT Friday and am waiting to hear from the doc). Anyway, I believe it is possible to be lean and still have type 2… but in your case, maybe there are other things going on too? Definitely stress may be playing a big role. It can do crazy things to your hormones.

  12. QUESTION:
    can being obsessively interested in the world of medicine a really good pro?
    so i’m planning on going to college next year for pre-med/pre-pharm im not sure which i’ll end up doing because…well 1. i want to be a dr much more, but 2. i’m not sure if i wil be able to embark on a gruesome and shockingly visual college experience. i know that i won’t see too much gross parts of the human body in the “pre-med” part of the process, and since the class load is similar to pharmacy i figured id just bounce both around in my head if i can’t handle it than i’d drop my standards to a pharmacist. but honestly i almost know i should be a dr because im so overly interested and obsessed with learning alot of different things that i know a pharmacist probably won’t ever learn or need to learn, or even deal with. my favorite shows are anything with a deep medical tie to them, (not grey’s anatomy…) but things like a baby story, or mystery diagnosis, and although im sure some things on this show aren’t actually factual, house. my mom is also a nurse so if i hear about something and im curious i ask her and she can inform me on things to an extent, but i want to know EVERYTHING! i actually bought an anatomy book just to read for fun ha. i mean i think everything about the body is interesting, everything inside of it, all the proceses that go on inside the body like the respitory cycle and stuff, and i think diseases are super cool to learn about, and what their symptoms are, and what causes them, and what they do to the body. i think nutrition is kind of cool and the digestive system how things are digested, in the past year i’ve had a kidney infection and mono and i get something called like tonsoliths or someothing in my throat and everytime i got a new sickness i wanted to learn all about it and thought it was cool! this really long rant is basically me just explaining my view on this career, im only 18 and i will be a college freshman next fall, and im not sure about medicine yet, especially since i recently looked through a gross anatomy book and alot of the pictures were kinda gross, i can look at them, but when i first see them i get that omg ewww feeling and as quickly as it comes i just shove it away, and i can look at the pictures but i don’t know if i could look at it up close in person. but if i somehow feel in a few years that i could handle being a dr i was wondering if my obsession to learn would be a good pro i am smart in ap and stuff but im not the kid you look at and go they no their stuff but i was wondering if having an extreme personal interest in something could make me stand out and do betteer in the long run.
    im sorry if i had offended any pharmacists. im not knocking your job i looked into it too cause before i considered being a dr thats what i wanted to do. i no its hard work but in my opinion i think there is just some stuff that a dr will do that a pharmacist doesn’t that really looks like something i want to do. i want to learn about all the diferent diseases and sicknesses there are and be able to find them in people and stuff. but i don’t think a pharmacist will get to sit down and ask the patient questions and have tests run on the person to find out more, and to figure out whats wrong and get them treatment. i like the aspect of what drs do that pharmacists cant that yea pharmacy would be a good job and hard to school for but its not i think its an easy job i just think in the medical field that i would like to be a dr more..so by lowering my standards im like lowering MY standards of what i want.

    • ANSWER:
      “Drop your standards to pharmacist”? That’s very insulting. A pharmacists is not a dumber version of a doctor or someone who just “counts pills”. In fact, pharmacists are doctors. In pharmacy school, we learn anatomy and physiology, just like medical doctors. We learn diagnosis criteria and are given complex patient cases in which we have to determine the pathophysiology and disease as well as the correct course of treatment and monitoring parameters. Quite frankly, I chose pharmacy over medicine because I just couldn’t deal with bodily fluids etc. But pharmacy is not something you settle for. It is rigorous and grueling coursework.

      If you have any questions about pharmacy school or what being a pharmacist is truly like, email me.

  13. QUESTION:
    please help me with these questions i really need help asap?
    Which scientist believed that life had a common beginning with new forms branching off from earlier forms?

    A. Lamarck
    B. Darwin

    C. Luria

    D. Malthus

    2. If a person is so unfortunate as to lose the posterior pituitary gland, he or she would no longer be supplied with the hormone that works with the kidneys to maintain the body’s water balance. This hormone is called

    A. oxytocin.
    B. antidiuretic hormone.

    C. TSH.

    D. ACTH.

    3. Which one of the following sexually transmitted diseases is transmitted by a strain of virus?

    A. Chlamydia
    B. Syphilis

    C. Nongonoccal urethritis

    D. Genital warts

    4. The process of using heat to destroy bacteria that produced vinegary, unpalatable acids was developed by

    A. Gregor Mendel.
    B. Charles Darwin.

    C. Louis Pasteur.

    D. Robert Hook.

    5. The hormone that stimulates an increase in the size and the number of cells is

    A. gonadtropin.
    B. prolactin.

    C. growth hormone.

    D. releasing hormone.

    6. The olfactory bulb is related to the sense of smell as papillae are related to the sense of

    A. touch.
    B. taste.

    C. sight.

    D. hearing.

    7. The process by which microorganisms convert sunlight to sugar is the process of

    A. photosynthesis.
    B. fermentation.

    C. glycolysis.

    D. respiration.

    8. Which one of the following groups correctly identifies the order in which light enters the eye from any light source?

    A. Cornea, iris, retina
    B. Cornea, retina, iris

    C. Pupil, cornea, lens

    D. Pupil, lens, cornea

    9. The kind of reproduction that leads to large populations lacking genetic diversity and consisting of genetically identical organisms is

    A. cytokinesis.
    B. sexual reproduction.

    C. fission.

    D. meiosis.

    10. Air, depleted of _______ by fire, can no longer sustain fire or life because these processes require this element.

    A. nitrogen
    B. carbon

    C. hydrogen

    D. oxygen

    11. The breaking down of sugar to make ATP is the process of

    A. photosynthesis.
    B. fermentation.

    C. respiration.

    D. glycolysis.

    12. Which part of the brain coordinates muscle contractions?

    A. Brain stem
    B. Hypothalamus

    C. Cerebellum

    D. Sensory cortex

    13. Insulin is to the pancreas as _______ is to the adrenal medulla.

    A. glucagon
    B. glucocorticoids

    C. cortisol

    D. noradrenaline

    14. If a small pool of genes becomes separated from a larger pool of genes, the genes in the small pool will change rapidly and eventually will become a new species. This idea is known as

    A. geographic separation.
    B. selective breeding.

    C. population genetics.

    D. natural selection.

    15. Respiration takes place in which organelle within the cell?

    A. Golgi apparatus
    B. Endoplasmic reticulum

    C. Mitochondrion

    D. Nucleolus

    16. If you could control your brain with a remote device, a bit like the way you change channels on your television receiver, what part of your brain would you control to feel more emotionally calm and less angry?

    A. Hypothalamus
    B. Brain stem

    C. Limbic system

    D. Reticular formation

    17. Which one of the following symptoms is related to hypothyroidism?

    A. Increased mental activity
    B. Fatigue

    C. Accelerated heart rate

    D. Loss of weight

    18. Where in a human long bone would you find the connective tissue that’s heavily laced with blood vessels?

    A. Within the marrow cavity
    B. In sheets over compact bone

    C. Lining the marrow cavity

    D. Running through spongy bone

    19. If you could do what was needed to improve your night vision, what part of the eye should claim most of your attention?

    A. Photoreceptors in the iris
    B. Retinal cones

    C. Retinal rods

    D. Photoreceptors in the optic nerve

    20. Among the hormones related to the menstrual cycle, progesterone levels are highest during

    A. the first half of the cycle.
    B. ovulation.

    C. the last three days of the cycle.

    D. the second half of the cycle.

    • ANSWER:
      the first one is darwin


Symptoms Of Kidney Disease Kidney Failure

One of the organs in our body that plays an important role in the urinary system is the kidneys. Its in charge of filtering, absorbing, and then excreting the liquid waste in our body in the form of urine. It maintains the water and electrolyte of the body. Its good to take care of the kidney because having a healthy kidney is having a healthy life.

We can’t deny that people out there do abuse their bodies by enjoying life to much. They drink a lot of alcohol, and not enough water. They also over work their bodies by working long hours. If you know of a person like this then you will know what’s going to happen with them.

I will tell you what the kidney stone symptoms are to make you aware of when to act for medical attention.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can they detect kidney disease, failure in a urine test?
    I had blood tests done in January and my kidneys are normal. But lately I have been peeing a lot and I feel this pressure to pee. And those are one of the symptoms of kidney disease.

    • ANSWER:
      they usually preform blood test for kidney disease. on the other hand sometimes a urine test is done to detect other kidney ailments. if you are urinating a lot this may be a sign of a bladder infection or even a urinary tract infection you should get by a doctor to find out the exact problem drink plenty of water and try some cranberry.

  2. QUESTION:
    Diabetes? Kidney Disease/failure? Proteinuria? Ovarian Cyst? Something else? Any information, symptoms? Thanks
    I’ve had bad pains in my lower left side since Feb. 08 and was told it was most likely an ovarian cyst (they run in my family) I finally got an ultrasound and got the results back today: All clear! (although that doesn’t help or solve the pain!) Recently my pain has moved farther up and into my lower back at times. My doctor then informed me that I had a lot of protein in my urine and I had a lot in my urine for my Feb. 08 visit as well. She suggested I may have diabetes, kidney disease, or proteinuria and ordered blood and urine tests to be done and ordered me to stay out from work for the next week. While we’re waiting to be able to get the tests completed I’m trying to research how serious any or all of this is and what the symptoms or warnings are for each. Also, What should I be on the lookout for in an emergency situation? I read up on ovarian cyst and I’m at a loss now that it’s something completely different. How serious are these diseases? Anything is appreciated! Thanks!!
    Also, any information on what tests may be run and what to expect please let me know. I’m totally clueless on all of this and my doctor was not willing to answer many questions at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely, the proteinuria was an incidental finding — it was picked up “by accident” when your doctor did a urine dipstick test as part of the workup for the back pain.

      The kidneys (most of us are born with two) have no nerve endings, so they only cause pain when their outer covering (called the capsule) is stretched due to inflammation or swelling. That’s why most kidney diseases are silent / asymptomatic until they become quite advanced.

      The kidneys’ main function is filtering blood and getting rid of waste products (and excessive fluids) in the form of urine. Since most proteins are useful, normal-functioning kidneys will not let proteins go to waste in the urine.

      The presence of large amounts of protein in the urine (called proteinuria) is therefore a sign of kidney disease. Diabetes is the leading cause (by far) of kidney disease in North America, and can certainly cause proteinuria. However, just know that there are many other kinds of kidney diseases which also cause proteinuria.

      Sometimes even people with normal kidneys can spill proteins into the urine for a short amount of time (for example, after vigorous exercise), that’s why your doctor wanted to repeat the urine test for protein — to see if it was a one-time thing.

      More advanced tests can also be done on the urine to help determine the cause of kidney disease. For example, your doctor may want you to collect urine for 24 hours, or collect a sample after sleep while another after you’ve been up for a few hours.

      The blood tests can achieve a few things:
      1) Measure your kidney function: In moderate or severe kidney diseases, a test called “creatinine” becomes eleveated.
      2) Measure your blood sugars: People with diabetes will have high blood sugars, even after fasting overnight.
      3) Check consequences of kidney dysfunction: some minerals like potassium and phosphorus become out of balance with kidney failure
      4) Check for some specific causes of kidney diseases (although there are many many diseases with many many different tests, and often only kidney specialists called nephrologists know what test to order for which disease)

      Finally, how serious this is depends on how advanced the kidney disease is (if you have one at all). Since you haven’t had much in the way of symptoms (again, your back pain is most likely NOT related to your kidney disease), chances are your kidney diseases are still mild, in stages 1 to 3. However, some kidney diseases can progress to End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), at which point dialysis becomes needed to sustain life.

      The test results will become available in a few days. If necessary, your doctor will refer you to a kidney specialist for further management. But for now, just sit tight — no need to freak yourself out until the test results return.

      In case you are wondering, at least 10% of the population have some degree of chronic kidney disease (http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/298/17/2038), but many don’t even know it. So you are not alone!

  3. QUESTION:
    early symptoms of kidney failure, from those who have been in renal failure?
    this question is for those only who have been in renal failure, please dont give me and copy/paste from webmd, i can do that.

    what were your first symptoms? did you have alot of nausea, and what finally made you decide to get checked out. im particularly interested in those who have polycystic kidney disease.

    thanks in advance, if you could share your story it would be greatly appreciated. if its more comfortable please email me, i need to know and would be so grateful for any experience you share.

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  4. QUESTION:
    Kidney disease renal failure symptoms question!?
    I know that symptoms of kidney disease don’t show up until there’s already been a lot of damage. I’m trying to find out what symptoms correlate with what degree of kidney function?
    Like, what symptoms would be present around 25%, and then around 15%, 10%, etc.
    Thanx to anyone who can help!

    • ANSWER:
      Some other syptoms include swelling of ankles (edema) and fatigue. But, the best indicator is through blood tests and uring analysis. Your doctor can check for protein (albumin) in the urine, and can test for creatininne levels in the blood. If you are diabetic, you should be followed closely by your physician, who should monitor for these signs periodically.

  5. QUESTION:
    The symptoms of kidney disease?
    What are the symptoms that cause the necessary of dialysis or kidney transplant?
    A 25 male, had no particular symptoms of the disease until he went to hospital to do routine blood analysis…..etc and the doctors said that he had kidney failure.please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a 30yr old male who just was released from the hospital with acute renal failure (kidneyt failure)
      My kidneys failed completely, and for 3 weeks stayed that way. I was on dialysis, blood pressure medications.. etc. It was scary and painful (for me). — Some say there is no pain involved. I tend to disagree, at least with acute kidney failure.

      Anyhow — there are MANY symptoms.. I can tell you that you generally will not get even half of them. But I will tell you the main ones I experienced, and list others just to be thorough.

      Of course kidney failure is diagnosed from your creatinine levels rising. The move from 1.x to 2.x is crucial, and 2-4 is where big problems generally start occurring. Mine went to about 9 before the kidneys started to function again. (this was with dialysis).

      You can have what is referred to as “flank pain” — Pain on your sides, lower back, in the general kidney area — Just below the ribcage.

      I experienced some of this, but not alot.

      Edema or swelling is another sure sign of kidney failure. It is usually most pronounced in your ankles, hands, and in my case my face. (I had more swelling in my face, esp. around the eyes than any other place)

      The inability to urinate is a sure sign,.. or more likely urinating much less than normal. You can even have the urge to urinate much more frequently but not alot of volume.

      Discoloration of urine — usually darker, but it can be pale as well. Confusing I know.

      With me, my output of urine was lower than it should be (I had I.V. fluids and a catheter.. they would then be able to measure exactly fluid intake vs. output). After most of the tubes were removed my urine output spiked, much more than normal, and after about a week of this my kidneys took the turn towards ‘recovery’.

      Nausea is a big one, was for me. At the beginning I threw up , then was simply nauseated for days. After that passed some, my appetite was very low, and foods would increase the stomach pain and nausea. It passed with time.

      Dehydration is very common as well… as is dry mouth.

      Weight loss — although you can gain an incredible amount of weight if your body is collecting fluid as well.

      Your electrolytes (the salts in your body) are regulated via the kidneys. Hence, with failure, these levels are not in balance. Which is dangerous. It can be so dangerous you can be on the verge of heart attack because of calcium/potassium imbalances, or simply have muscle cramps.

      Shortness of breath — Or feeling the need to cough when you breath in deeply. This is fluid accumulating on the lungs. (Happened to me, and I used a spirometer religiously to keep from acquiring pneumonia.

      The following definitely occurred to me:

      # Feeling tired and/or weak
      # Memory problems
      # Difficulty concentrating
      # Dizziness

      These are usually because your red blood cells are not being produced in an adequate manner, yet another thing controlled by your kidneys via erythropoietin. Which causes Anemia.

      I was extremely tired and weak (and still am regaining strength) :) — I had exaggerated memory problems, poor concentration, and just basic neurological and cognitive difficulties.

      Another symptom I had was low blood pressure in the beginning.. followed by a sudden (after about 4-5 days of onset of failure) – increase in blood pressure.

      Literally one day my blood pressure was 98/60 and the next it was 210/125. Scared me! I wasn’t sure if the pressure would ever go back to normal.

      I had intense headaches, and was pumped full of every blood pressure medication they had (so it seemed) — some Oral, some I.V.

      Funny thing is, none of the BP medication did anything to lower the insanely high Blood Pressure I had.

      I had this blood pressure for about a week and a half, and then just as it came.. overnight it switched back to normal. When it switched back to normal was when my Creatinine levels finally dropped for the first time on their own…without dialysis. — From there the kidneys got better every day. For no rhyme or reason. They virtually act like they have an on/off switch.

      I learned the kidneys control SO much more than just filtering blood and producing Urine.

      The doctors most likely have determined some level of kidney failure from elevated Creatinine from your Blood work/labs.

      You are very young , as was I, to have this occur — and I cannot say if yours is an acute or chronic type of failure. Though I do know constant high blood pressure or diabetes can cause slow and steady kidney failure.

      If you have none of these conditions, then perhaps it is an acute failure of some sort that can be resolved rather quickly.

      They generally start you on dialysis when it is evident that your kidneys aren’t functioning enough to filter your blood adequately. The Nephrologists will determine this quickly.

      From there, depending on if it looks like a long-term, or short-term dialysis treatment schedul

  6. QUESTION:
    Put 6 yr old Persian cat down, are symptoms common with kidney disease or could this be passed 2 other cats?
    Symptoms:
    Slept in closet for one to two days.
    Doesn’t usually speak but cried repeatedly today.
    Could not hold him self up to take a drink of water.
    Dehydrated
    Pale color
    Brown tongue with bad odor
    Recently treated this and other cats for flea infestation.

    Worried about other cats, I know Persians sometimes can suffer from Kidney failure and that there is no recovery for this. Worried that it might be from flea infestation and other cats that do not show symptoms may soon become ill. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Another disease you might look into is Feline Panleukopenia, also called Feline Distemper.

      Symptons of it are:
      Depression
      Loss of Appetite
      High Fever
      Lethargy
      Vomiting
      Severe Diarrhea
      Dehydration or Hanging over the water dish.

      Normally the sickness may go on for 3-4 days after the first elevation of body temperature. Fever will fluctuate furing the illness in some cats and abruptly fall to subnormal levels shortly before death.

  7. QUESTION:
    Could I have kidney disease/failure?
    I was looking up kidney disease symptoms and a lot of mine match (although I realize they may be somewhat vague symptoms possibly caused by other things.) I was wondering if anyone could help me out with what they think i might have. They are as follows:

    -extremely itchy and sensitive rash on chest and face for at least a week (cortisone cream had been only mildly helpful, if it all)
    -more frequent, stronger urges to go to the bathroom and yet i barely urinate at all once there (i thought it was a yeast infection but has not gone away with 1 a day pills to help such and there is no itch)
    -feeling of bloating or tightness in lower abdomen for at least 3-4 days that I thought was maybe constipation but has not passed with laxatives
    -as of tonight, I have a strong pain in my lower left side also reaching somewhat to my lower left back
    -lately i’ve felt like i have to breath deeper and my heart feels like it’s beating extra fast or intensely
    -i have had chills as long as i can remember…they usually show up in quick spasms (also getting chills when i use the bathroom and nothing comes out)
    -i have not worked out in a couple days, but when i did last week a couple times, i felt disoriented (almost couldn’t see straight) and overwhelmingly tired after cardio but have not been sore the next day

    As a note I also had pyelonephritis when i was 3 and am now 20. I am looking for more constructive help than ‘go see a doctor’ because that is an obvious observation.
    This is in response to Irving-
    I try to drink 64 oz of water a day so I’m not sure how to hydrate more, but I will definitely cut back on caffeine. I drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day so despite the withdrawal I will try it. I took a generic antacid earlier tonight (which I think is what tums is?) and it did not change a thing. Would something like pamprin help since it’s for bloating and stuff or should I just steer clear of more meds?

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    DOG HELP! Addison’s Disease vs. kidney failure?
    i had to rush my dog to the emergency hosp last night for these symptoms: vomitting & diarrhea (both clear liquids and blood), lethargic, intense shivering, very weak (couldn’t get up on a very low couch). The emergency doctor diagnosed him with kidney failure due to an infection. I do not like this emergency hospital – they’re not compassionate or, I believe very ethical (they charged me over 0 for blood work!) So I went online to do my own research and found that a disease called Addison’s Disease has all of the symptoms my dog has. I can’t pull him out of this emergency hospital until Monday morning when my vets office opens because they are at least keeping him on IV fluids. Has anyone else ever had their dog misdiagnosed with kidney failure when it was really Addison’s Disease? How did you handle the doctor who misdiagnosed? Is your dog doing well even with Addison’s disease? Please, only serious advice, I am very frantic and beside myself with grief and worry.
    doodlebugmeem: THANK YOU! i would chose you as best answer but I don’t know how.

    Kitty: Thank you – I will definitely ask for the reports and test results. In my panic last night I completely forgot to do that.

    Rosalie: your answer was snippy and entirely not necessary. i get it – you love vets and they can do no wrong. if you have nothing NICE to contribute please just go away.
    SS Enema: Thank you so very much. Your answer was very soothing and helped me to calm down a little. I can’t tell you how much it is appreciated. I’m so glad for your little pups 3rd bday!

    • ANSWER:
      First, you don’t have enough information as yet to determine that any error has been made. They have kept your dog alive, and much of the supportive care would be the same in the case of either diagnosis.

      If they have not yet administered cortisols, they can do an ACTH stimulation test to ascertain whether or not Addison’s could be the culprit.

      There are many different things that could cause this kind of a crisis, including pancreatitis, diabetic ketoacidosis,renal failure, urethral obstruction, ruptured urinary tract and severe hepatic failure. Your dog could have also gotten into poison, or contracted leptospirosis.

      For the moment it sounds as if they are doing everything they can for him, and I assume that is what you want.

      By the way, since they din’t know what your dog’s problem was upon arrival, but it was obviously critical to find out as much information as possible, the blood tests were bound to be quite expensive. You might ask them if they have already done the aforementioned test, as they may in fact have done it.

      It really doesn’t sound as if they are out to rip you off – medical care, especially emergency care, is just really expensive, and in case of an ememrgency, they don’t have the luxury of being stingey with the tests, or they may well lose the patient.

      I hope your dog gets better soon…

  9. QUESTION:
    My dog has kidney disease?
    My 14 – year – old mixed breed,Maura,has just been diagnosed with primary kidney disease ( early kidney failure.) her appettite had not been good for a few days,so I took her to the vet on Tuesday,only to find that she had lost 15 lbs. since her last visit in March.It wasn’t apparent ,as she was chubby,and has a very heavy coat.My vet did bloodwork,and the kidney problem was found.Now,I have had dogs with this problem before,and special diets improved their symptoms and prolonged their lives,but Maura,a former chow -hound,refuses to eat ANYTHING,except for duck and rabbit jerky,and cooked chicken breast.She is NOT supposed to have all that protein.I bought Hill’s k/d diet,both dry and canned,and some veggie dog biscuits,but she will have none of it.She is taking Tums as a phosphate binder,and Nutri -cal to try and stimulate her appetite and keep up her energy. She is also on amoxicillin.Does anyone have a good homemade diet for dogs with kidney disease that’s highly palatable? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      try her with a little cooked rice, and boiled chicken breast. a little bowl of cornflakes with some milk. and if you could get her to eat some ice cream. my little dog had the same problem, and would only eat meat. sadly she died two years ago. she was my baby for fifteen years, hugs to you both.

  10. QUESTION:
    I think my little guy may have kidney disease?
    I’m frustrated!!! My little schnauzer was sick New Years Eve, throwing up, couldn’t keep food down. His pee was also very clear. We brought him to the emergency room New Years Day. If was given an anti-nausi shot, and we were told to give him a bland diet. We noticed he didn’t change much in the next few days, so we brought him to our vet. He was then checked for everything, Addison’s disease, kidney failure etc.. almost 00 later, we had no answers. We did notice he starting feeling better and was cleared of all symptoms later that week (around the 7th) He had been back to his old self untill today, he’s thrown up about 4 times in 2 hours. I feel helpless, does anyone have a clue?

    Update. it’s been two days now and he’s keeping nothing down. He’s peeing alot and the fluid is clear. I have vet appointment at 3:00pm today. I hope the vet can help, I hate to see him suffer. I’ve been researching through these forums, it sounds like kidney disease. Any thought anyone?
    Here is an update. We got our little guy back last night. He was diagnoised with acute kidney disease. They still haven’t found the cause, but have it eliminated down to two possibilities. One being Leptospirorsis, we will get the results from this on Monday or Tuesday this upcoming week. The other possibility is he ingested something toxic. My wife and I have tried thinking of anything he may have gotten into, the only thing we thought of was that he always kept getting into the Christmas tree stand water. The ER vet said this may be toxic. Has anyone heard of this? Anyways, my little guy is resting, although very exhasted (along with me). He is peeing almost every three hours, but the vet said this is normal from the all fluids he was on in the vet.. It breaks my heart for my wife and I to see him like this. The vet is going to talk to me about giving him subcutaneuous fluid injections for the next month to get his value’s back to normal. Thanks for you input everyone!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I would take the dog to another vet for a second opinion.
      good luck

  11. QUESTION:
    My uncle has said he has stage 4 kidney disease, was there a way to have known ahead of time this was coming?
    Would his lab results have shown that he was in Stage 4? What happen to the other stages of this disease? Did he just ignore the signs/symptoms that the doctors told him? He is diabetic and has high blood pressure. I want to know how this disease got this far into his health and nobody knew about it. Will this condition lead to heart failure as well as kidney failure? nWhat should he do now? have dialysis/transplant/diet change? Help me please understand this.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think he could have known unless it was in the family and he tested himself for it frequently. The symptoms he might have confused with something else. I’m sorry, but I don’t know what you should do now, since I’m not an expert on kidney disease. You should really consult your doctor. He would know the best thing to do.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Feline diabetes or kidney failure? I am worried about my kitty?
    I am going to call and see if the vet can get me in tomorrow, but here is what has gone on so far:
    My cat is is a 10 year old Manx. He has always been small but the last few weeks he is practically skeletal, I can feel every bone in his spine and hips. I weighed him yesterday and he was 7.5 lbs. He is an indoor/outdoor cat, and at first I thought it was just worms so I gave him a de-wormer about 1 1/2 weeks ago, and another follow up pill yesterday. It was “Drontal Plus”. He seems to be in really good spirits, and is acting practically normal, although I don’t usually see him as often as I do now because I am keeping him indoors for now. He is still playing, and cuddling. He doesn’t seem to be eating much at all, so I got him some a/d® Canine/Feline science diet food, which is a high calorie supplement. He ate about 1/2 can of that today. I have been reading a lot of scary things on the internet about diabetes and kidney disease, and it seems like he is drinking more water than normal. Do you think he could be drinking more because of the de-wormer, or is it a high possibility that he has a serious disease? Would he be acting normal if he did? He is up to date on all of his shots. I realize that I probably will not get a proper diagnosis on yahoo Answers, but what do you guys think?
    He turned out to be diabetic :(

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, drinking a lot and urinating a lot are symptoms of both. and yes at first it might be possible that they otherwise seem normal. That’s why it is good you are getting your cat buddy into the vet tomorrow.
      With kidney disease another common thing would be vomiting, maybe vomiting sort of clear or foamy fluid. also loss of appetite and thus weight loss.

      With diabetes, past a certain point, there is increase in appetite but even if they eat more. they lose weight . The coat gets dry and dandruffy. and then they might start getting weak in their legs. (from neuropathy — that is often reversible)

      If it’s diabetes it is very treatable, in fact many cats who are treated soon and get their blood sugar under control are able to go into remission and just be diet controlled. others only need a diet change to start with and that controls it.
      Even kidney disease seems to have come a long way and many cats are living years with it.

      Hang on to the following links.
      if he has diabetes check outhttp://felinediabetes.com/ , they have a lot of info on there and connected with the site is a very very active message board FDMB http://www.felinediabetes.com/FDMB/

      If it turns out to be kidney disease….There are 2 great sites that have been around a long time with tons of info. one is US one is UK so there is some country specific info but most applies to all cats

      http://www.felinecrf.com

      and http://www.felinecrf.org
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-CRF-Support/ yahoo discussion list for people whose cats have kidney disease. You will probably find a lot of support and tips there.

  13. QUESTION:
    Are swelling of the tongue and muscle cramps signs of kidney failure?
    Okay, I ask this because I am already aware that I have acute kidney failure and chronic kidney disease. I should go to my doctor but unfortunately am temporarily without health insurance. My kidneys are functioning at 28% as of August, i’m 23, usually one of the happiest and perkiest people you’ll meet, always wearing a smile, and have felt recently that i’m not myself. Here’s all the symptoms I’m USED to having:
    Dizziness
    Weakness
    Swelling of the ankles
    Headache
    High Blood Pressure
    Severe Back Pain
    Foamy urine
    Shortness of Breath
    Heart Palpitations (not sure if it’s connected to the failure)

    Here’s my new symptoms:

    Insomnia
    Depression
    Swelling of the tongue
    Joint cramps and pain
    Swelling of the knees
    Awful taste in the mouth
    Frequent Urination
    Severe lack of concentration

    These may not even be symptoms but I am just curious as to what anyone can find to help me out. I appreciate the time you took to read this and look forward to serious answers that may help. I hope my function hasn’t dropped even lower already…

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry to say that this might be exactly what’s happening. You need to go to the largest hospital that you live around. This will also be the most popular too. These hospitals have a trauma unit if that helps. Then go there. They will not refuse you any medical help and will assist you in getting medicaid for health insurance too. Why have you gone so long with no one telling you this? Please go asap and have someone you trust or that assists you in you care go with you. There is no reason to suffer just because of no health insurance. Good luck and God Bless

  14. QUESTION:
    chronic kidney disease?
    so for the past week or so, i’ve been having a lot, and i mean a lot of problems. Such as fatigue, dizziness, loss of appetite, vomiting, my lower back near where my kidneys are hurts so bad that i cannot fully stand up anymore. and a few other symptoms. so this morning i booked an appointment for the doctor, simply telling them about my urinating problems. (painful, can’t go much, only a couple of drops, but it always feels like i really have to go.) the doctor told me it was a bladder infection, and gave me pills that she said are almost guaranteed to help immediately. they haven’t done a thing.my symptoms seems to be worsening. so i searched on the internet for “kidney failures or disease” and i had every one of the symptoms listed. what should i do? how serious could this be? help me please. :(

    • ANSWER:
      It can lead to renal failure, yes, the D word, please go see a specialist or go to the emergency room, or you won”t be ok to read this soon.

  15. QUESTION:
    How long did your cat live after he/she was diagnosed with kidney disease or renal failure? my baby just died.?
    my cat was 17 and im so upset the evil vets didnt tell me he had it and how to manage it. i have been feeding him wellness which is the worst diet to feed a cat with kidney disease becuase its high in protien, phosphorus and salt. but the vet never told me what to do, an didnt know by reserching the internet and his symptoms that is what he died of and how i could have manged it. th eonly thing she sent me home with that i gave him for a year was subq fluids. i feel so violated and feel guilty for my cat that i could have taken better care of him and greatly lenghthened his life with better info from the vet. if i knew i would have even got 3 jobs to save for a kidney transplant or taken a loan out for it.
    sorry for typos. it snot really my spelling -just typing fast. ie, lengthened, research, protein. I plan to attend law school and practice medical malpractice, and go after vets that withhold information to pet parents and let animals disease exacerbate to the point of death in an attempt to get more money out of people instead of promoting good health of which they took an oath to do.

    • ANSWER:
      I am very sorry for your loss. Wellness is not the worst for crf. The vet’s diet is. You do not want to feed low protein but a quality protein
      In any event was a blood test done to confirm this? there are many symptoms that can be similar to kidney disease.
      I am deeply sorry. We choose tears

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  16. QUESTION:
    I think my dog has Kidney Disease?
    He has all the symptoms for it except he has a good coat. I read this on the internet. He finished the new antibiotic yesterday. Today, he peed on the rug and floor right in front of us, Twice! I think he has Kidney Failure. My dad is going to try to order more antibiotic pills online.We have been to the vet about 2 times this month! The first time they thought he injested something toxic. He stayed on an IV overnight. The second time they thought he had either Prostate Cancer, an infection or a bump. She gave us antibiotic to give him for three weeks. All of sudden, he is done with the pills and the same behavior comes back for the third time. Does anyone know anything I can do for him? A special Diet, etc.? I really believe that he has Kidney Failure. Thank you for your answers!
    He has had bloodwork down about four times during the times he has been there. His kidneys were uplifted. When he was on the IV overnight, the next morning, they were normal. We have spent a FORTUNE on Jack! They can’t seem to find what is wrong with him. My mom said that she doesn’t want to go to the vet, again and spend another 00 to find out that he has Kidney Failure! I really just want to know if there is anything I can do to help him!
    Go to this question I posted about I think was the first time he was sick.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=As9o73rhZsWfMdwLX7SQtrzsy6IX?qid=20061228061249AA98Pov

    Jack was neutered before we got him, about 12 and a half years ago. They though he had Prostate Cancer but it wasn’t, it was an infection. We thought this because the antibiotics worked, so we were almost positive that it was an infection.
    We feed him Purina Dog Chow
    He has Cancer…we took him to the vet. They don’t know what type.
    Does anyone know any types of dog food I can get for him that will help with the Cancer.

    I’m sorry, he doesn’t eat Purina, he eats Pedigree.

    • ANSWER:
      The only way your dog will be confirmed for having kidney disease is a blood test. CREA/BUN amongst others.inc electrolyte Levels will be elevated significantly if your dog has kidney disease. You cannot diagnose your dog over the Internet as the symptoms that your dog may displaying could be in relation to many other health ailments.
      Dogs i have seen with kidney failure become very skinny as they do not eat and vomit alot! and drink bucket loads.
      You ha vent made it clear as what the dogs symptoms are.
      Prostate cancer is generally diagnose with an internal and an xray. The Prostate is generally very enlarged as it evident on radiography. Also you would have probably noticed Heamorragia (blood), in the feces. Is your dog desexed?
      Three weeks on Ab’s and you dog is having no change could be a number of things, is it behaviour related of is there a chronic infection going on? What do you feed your dog? What are the other symptoms? has your vet done a full blood examination of the dog if not demand one.
      There are a number of test that your vet could do to pin point the problem my suggestion is if you are not getting results with the vet you are with now then get a second opinion.

      Remember be confident with your vet and sometimes you need to be patient as dogs cannot talk so it is a process of elimination.

      Good luck but you need to follow it up

  17. QUESTION:
    Kidney failure in cats?
    My 13 year old cat was having trouble breathing and not eating, so I took him to the vet. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and put on antibiotics. He was running a very low temp–97–too. Back to the vet tomorrow for blood work to see if his kidneys are working.

    Since his breath was bad and Fred has history of tooth problems, the vet checked that out as well. No tooth problems, but vet said that bad breath could signal kidney disease.

    He drinks a lot and the litter box has suddenly become very smelly from his frequent trips.

    Could kidney failure cause pneumonia? What are the symptoms of kidney failure?
    Thanks for all of the good wishes! Fred actually ate about a teaspoon of his favorite cat food this morning. I appreciate all of the advice.

    • ANSWER:
      The most common signs seen in affected cats are a poor appetite, weight loss, dehydration, lethargy and depression. increased volumes of urine being produced (due to an inability to concentrate the urine in many affected cats). Other signs may include a poor coat, vomiting, bad-smelling breath, ulceration in the mouth and weakness.

  18. QUESTION:
    Methamazole / acute kidney failure?
    My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She was put on methamazole 1/2 twice daily. She had her blood tests, & the levels were still high. So the vet prescribed 1 tablet twice daily. She was on this for about 6 months. The last blood test showed the level of thyroid hormone was undetectable. Too low, vet quickly lowered back to the first dose. Before I even had the new dose in her but 1 day, she became quite tired. I called the vet er, they said maybe it needed to get out of her system. Soon she could barely move, & eventually fell over in the kitchen. I took her to the vet er, she was in acute kidney failure. I had to help her out of pain. I am devistated. as this was a complete shock. The symptoms began & ended all within 3 days. I am wondering if a cats body can change as far as levels, & what could have caused her kidney failure that quick. I also had a male, w/ hyperthyroidism & kidney disease, he was treated also with methamazole, 1/2 tablet once a day. Also a blood pressure pill. He did go blind, as his retinas detached. It was a miracle, a day after treatment of the high blood pressure, he focused on me. He got his sight back! He was going downhill though still, as he was 15. The female above was 14. After she died, it was only 2 days, & my boy couldn’t even walk, as a Mom, I had to help him also. They got the blood tests at the same time, his level was perfect she said. I had no idea he had the thyroid problem til he lost his sight. I lost my two best friends in the same week. I noticed with both of them, after starting the methamazole, they stopped purring. Were not the same little “people” they used to be. I know I did the right thing for them, as they were older, and the blood tests came back horrible. There was nothing I could do. I need to know if this medication may have threw them both into renal failure. I am 42, an adult woman, its been a week….& I’m still crying like a child. Any opinion, advice, or answers would mean alot. Thank you.
    Apologizing ahead, as this is my first time here, on questions. I may have put this in the wrong category. Thought I put it on “Pets”…looks like it appeared on “diseases”?? I hope others can find it. Thank you ahead for any replies that are given, it means so much. I want to do the very best I can with any extra knowledge. I have one cat left, “Furgis”….and I want to do the best I can for him. He is only 6…..I want him to live a long and happy life.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a cat that lived to be 19. The last 6 years of his life he was on methamazole. It did wonders for his hyperthyroidism.
      Sometimes the best efforts of the vets just don’t do the trick. I am so sorry you lost your cats. They really are wonderful creatures. Please get another one or two that need homes.

  19. QUESTION:
    kidney failure?
    what are the initial symptoms of a kidney disease, what test to be done to confirm problem related to kidney function? Does diabetis lead to kidney malfunction?

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney failure symptoms include swelling, water retention, middle back pain to name a few. Blood tests are performed to measure function. And yes long term diabetes can cause kidney malfunction. My mother is going through this as I type, she has had diabetes for 16 years, and her kidneys are starting to give her problems, see is swelling so they are using water pills to help relive the retention. Its a roller-coaster, she has been hospitalized twice in the past year due to the condition. MD’s are preparing her for dialysis if they can’t control it.

  20. QUESTION:
    I think I may have some sort of Kidney disease…?
    Hi,
    I’m kind of worried that I am experiencing kidney failure/problems. I have a family history of ppl requring kidney transplants and such, so im kind of worried that i might have a problem. I got like a check up in july and it showed that my Specific gravity (or something like that) was really high, like way out of the normal range. I wanted to go back and get more tests but I dont have any insurance and cant afford to pay any hospital bills. I was just wondering what i should do. To add to my symptoms, besides the SG levels, I often feel pain in my lower back area on the sides kind of. Basically near the kidney’s. Those are the only 2 things that really come to mind right now. Any thoughts on what i should do?

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  21. QUESTION:
    does lisinopril cause kidney damage?
    i was prescribed lisinopril for high blood pressure 5 months ago. i was told by my PD that it protects your kidneys by loosening the blood vessels. But, i’m getting information that it causes kidney damage and kidney failure in some patients. I’m afraid that this drug has damaged my kidneys because i’m having some symptoms of kidney disease. i will get the result of my kidney function test in two days and i’m worried . Does anybody know? if so , is the damage irreversible?

    • ANSWER:
      I have an autoimmune disorder that kills my kidney tissue. My doc put me on Lisinopril because it slows the progression of kidney disease. It wouldn’t make sense for him to have put me on it if it would CAUSE kidney disease.

  22. QUESTION:
    Do I have kidney problems?
    I have high blood pressure, kidney pains regardless of amount of water I drink, twitching, and a few other kidney failure/disease/disorder symptoms. However, I am only 17. I have a friend my age with a kidney disorder. So I’m curious as to whether or not I should be worried.
    Hypertension runs in my family. It was started early from some medications I was taking awhile back. And these symptoms are mine. The other symptoms are personal things that I am not going to say. And Gregg, I have not gone yet because I want to ask around and get some opinions before I spend on alot money getting blood tests.
    Hypertension runs in my family. It was started early from some medications I was taking awhile back. And these symptoms are mine. The other symptoms are personal things that I am not going to say. And Gregg, I have not gone yet because I want to ask around and get some opinions before I spend on alot money getting blood tests.

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    What can cause kidney damage or failure in a 22 year old?
    After seeing a regular doctor and kidney specialist we have found that my kidneys are not functioning properly. There is protein and blood in urine and a low creatinine clearance level in urine. I don’t know the results of the blood yet. Symptoms are mainly frequent urination, frequent hunger and thirst, headaches, weight loss, fatigue and slight to moderate kidney / lower back pain. We have already ruled out diabetes.

    I am an otherwise healthy 22 year old woman with two children. Never had any major abnormal test results in my life. The major diseases that pop up (besides diabetes) are polycystic kidney disease and lupus.

    The kidney specialist is ordering an ultrasound and biopsy of my kidneys within the next 2 months. I had a CT scan done but she kind of avoided my question when I asked if she found anything. All she said was there were no stones found. I go back and see her next week.

    What the heck can possibly be wrong?
    I am very petite but have never had any eating disorders. I take Tylenol once a month, if that. I am not an alcoholic lol.

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    Are these symptoms of kidney failure?
    I have little nausea, and loss of appetite, dehydration, and very high blood pressure.

    My blood pressure is 137/90.

    I am not fat and I don’t eat too much sugar or salty food. I only consume like 1900 calories per day. I excerise sometimes, like once or twice a week. I do not smoke or drink. I do not have any ancestral history of blood pressure disease. I do not consume that much caffiene, it has been a week since I consumed caffiene. I am not on any medications other than tylenol, which I took for the past two days. I took aspirin last night.

    I feel like something is not right.

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  25. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like kidney failure or am I overacting?
    I have times where I think I have a disease, but I really don’t. I’m really into medical stuff, so I look up different disease. I have been having some unexplained symptoms, and I was wondering if kidney failure could be it.
    I’m a 13 year old girl. I’ve had type 1 diabetes for a little over a year now, but my A1Cs have been great.
    For a long time now (2 or 3 years) I’ve had unexplained stomach pain. I’ve seen doctors about this and they’ve said it was because I stressed myself out (I do have OCD with my school work).
    I’ve had unexplained headaches for about 4 or 5 years. I’ve had a brain scan done one time because doctor’s thought I had a brain tumor. It turned out that I had a horrible case of nickel poisoning.
    For the past year and a half, I’ve had fatigue where I just don’t have that much energy.
    Recently, I’ve noticed that I’m getting a lack of an appetite and my blood sugars have been going up a little bit.
    Also, I’ve been having bad lower back pain at random moments for the past few days. The pains is located right where I’m kidneys are.
    So, all my symptoms are:
    Headache
    Stomach ache
    Fatigue
    Lack of appetite
    Lower back pain

    Also, I have trouble going to bed at night.

    Does this sound like kidney failure? Or am I overacting?

    Thanks! :)
    Also, I have times when I get dizzy for no reason. It lasts for about a minute and then goes away, but it makes me feel like I’m going to pass out.

    • ANSWER:
      Doesn’t sound like kidney trouble to me. It sounds more like severe stress and tension complaints. However, I’m not a qualified doctor, so seek direct medical advice if you’re concerned; your health is your wealth.

  26. QUESTION:
    Possible Kidney Failure?
    Hey, I’m a 21 year old female, I don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t take drugs and I generally try live a healthy lifestyle.
    2 years ago (almost 3 now) I was put into hospital after having a lot of symptoms for about 2-3 months…The reason it took so long to diagnose was because of a stupid doctor who insisted I only had a virus, I actually had Nephritis ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephritis ) , Crohn’s Disease ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crohn%27s_disease ) , Chicken Pox & had just discovered having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrom ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCOS ) …
    Anyway after 2 weeks of having to stay in hospital with a drip for water, strong anti-biotics, steroids and painkillers I was discharged, I had to regularly (every 3 months) have checkups, (out-patient) which I passed for about 9 months, so was completely discharged.

    6 months after that I was put back into hospital for back pain…unfortunately as at the time I had my own flat, and a full time job, which I had already taken time off from, I stupidly discharged myself the day later, after only being told I was ‘slightly anemic’.

    About 1 year later I became ill again, it became obvious I had Nephritis again…And although it took me some time, I managed to convince my doctor that anti-biotics helped last time (they did!) and I was home treated, and after my anti-biotics, I felt fine again and my symptoms had passed.

    About 6 weeks has passed and I now again…have Nephritis…as it is the weekend I have decided I will wait until Monday to see my doctor, as going to a walk in center or A&E is not an option to me on a Friday night.

    But I am very concerned, as my kidneys are obviously one of my main organs…maybe it was never Nephritis I had? and if it was…why would it reccur this many times?.
    Could this be kidney failure?, what are my options?, I do not want to be on a 3rd dose of anti-biotics for something they aren’t curing anyway!

    Any advice is greatly appreciated, thank you! :)
    Thanks for your answers already.

    My symptoms are… agony when laying down on my back or on the side that it hurts, pain that almost makes me cry when I use the bathroom.
    The pain usually comes a day or two after I have been stressed (I know you’re all going to tell me to de-stress, but when you find out your income has been stopped, it is hard not to stress.).
    Pain killers don’t touch the pain, so I avoid taking any (including Paracetmol and Ibuprofen).
    Due to being ill quite a lot in retrospect, I have been put on Job Seekers Allowance, do you think I would qualify for ESA (Employment and support allowance) (Sick pay) until I know whats going on, e.g. if I need to be on further testing, or in worst case scenario, transplant waiting list?

    Thanks again, it’s much appreciated.
    I also feel nausea, I actually vomitted yesterday, incredibly tiredness and lethargic, the first time I had it, I completely lost my appetite and lost 2 stone in 2-3 months, but I have not lost any weight nor my appetite.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think that the hospital would have completely discharged you if there was any evidence that your kidney function was declining. I think that if that had been happening, they would have had you coming back every three months or so. I got diagnosed with declining function in 1988 and they kept me coming back until 2004 when they finally failed.

      That said, this Nephritis thing needs sorting out. I suggest you go and see your GP and ask him whether you need to be referred to a hospital just to check things over and see if they can’t sort this once and for all. Resist any attempt at antibiotics, you need a permanent fix for this and the antibiotics have had their shot.

      You don’t say very much about your symptoms, so it’s hard to say what it might be.

      I had an ex-boyfriend who had nephritis some years ago – he had it for two or three years before it finally got sorted by a doctor who recognised what it was. One of the tubes from his kidney was blocked and every time he drank say, a couple of pints, he would be in pain in his back. He had an operation and it was all sorted. Never bothered him again.

      Me on the other hand. I have had full blown kidney failure – dialysis, transplant, the whole nine yards – but I have never suffered from Nephritis.

      Because this keeps coming back, you need to get this sorted. Let the hospital do what they do best and DON’T sign yourself out this time.

      You’re absolutely right about A & E on a Friday night though. It’s the pits of the earth isn’t it?

      I think what you have is quite easily sortable. But I am not a Doctor.

      All the best

  27. QUESTION:
    Cat Nutrition and Health: (Raw Feeders)?
    If Kidney Disease, kidney Failure tend to run in some breeds of cats, (for one the Siamese breed). If you want to try to prevent it in the first place, WHY? can’t you feed your cat a kidney diet to begin with? Why, wait till symptoms appear. (it is usally too late by then). I’m talking about Raw Feeders here, Not commercial food feeders.
    Is it because the kidney diet would be too low of protein or etc… for a non kidney prob. cat?
    Thanks, God bless. Been pondering this for a while now.

    • ANSWER:
      What you are writing here is strange. Raw by nature is high protein and many vets now believe that it is not the amount of protein fed but the quality. People feeding dry food any ties are feeding vegetable based protein instead of animal
      Some crf patients are transitioning to a raw diet and any are having good success.
      If you are talking about feeding a low protein diet to prevent kidney disease, you are just asking for trouble. Cats are obligate carnivores and need animal based protein to thrive
      For quality for a carnivore, you want to feed a grain free diet as many cats have trouble with grains and the carbs that come from them. They haven’t done any studies on cats about this but if you look at this study with dogs which are omnivores, yoiu would think this would apply to a carnivore
      This report is for dogs but applies to cats

      http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/21…

      Also for health
      The Merck veterinary manual [www.merckvetmanual.com] says that cats need “4 g of protein of high biologic value per kg body wt/day”. That’s about 7 calories from protein per pound body weight per day. If a cat isn’t a good eater and consumes, say, 20 calories per pound per day, then 7/20 = 35% of calories can safely be from protein. It must be high quality protein, which means meat, fish, milk, and eggs, and not grain or soy. Are you making your own raw?(I assue so) If you need links on making your own don’t hesitate emailing

  28. QUESTION:
    End-stage kidney failure?
    My mother was diagnosed with this disease about eight years ago, when she had my sister. She is 40 now. My sister was born 2 months premature, because my mom’s blood was entoxicated,(poisoned). She was told , by her good-for-nothing-doctor(who is now being sewed for malpractice) that both of her kidneys were now completely shriveled , and dry like a raisin. Well that is true, but now after all this time, she’s having trouble with her heart. It works 30% , the normal percent for a healthy person is: 50%. And now she’s scared of getting lupus. She was rushed to the hospital today, because her blood pressure was going nuts. Since, she was switched from the hemo to the blood dyalisis, she has to be careful with her liquid intake. The medicine was a pain reliever given by her doc. to calm the pain of her surgery down. They operated her left arm, where they placed the permanent place for her new dyalisis type.
    Can she actually be at risk of getting lupus? And what are the symptoms. Help?!?

    • ANSWER:
      I have Lupus. Dx’d in 1985. My kidneys failed as a result of lupus. I don’t know, she may have had lupus for sometime. It is common for it to flare during pregnancy and women in their child bearing years are at increased risk. Common signs of lupus are:

      Red rash or color change on the face, often in the shape of a butterfly across the nose and cheeks

      Painful swollen joints

      Unexplained fever – low grade

      Chest pain with deep breathing – Pleurisy

      Swollen glands

      Extreme fatigue (feeling tired all the time)

      Unusual hair loss (mainly on the scalp)

      Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress

      Sensitivity to the sun

      Low blood count

      Depression, trouble thinking, and/or memory problems

      Other signs are mouth sores, unexplained seizures (convulsions), “seeing things” (hallucinations), repeated miscarriages, and unexplained kidney problems.
      Lupus is an autoimmune disease, meaning the bodies own immune system attacks itself. The immune system’s job is to fight foreign substances in the body, like germs and viruses. But in autoimmune diseases, the immune system is out of control. It attacks healthy tissues, not germs. Any organ of the body may be targetted, including the heart and kidneys.

      You can’t catch lupus from another person. It isn’t cancer, and it isn’t related to AIDS. Lupus a very complex disease and is sometimes very hard to dx and some pts. go for years undiagnosed as in my case. It took a couple of years and I had most of the classic symptoms.

  29. QUESTION:
    could i have cancer? or kidney failure? or something else? Help Me!?
    its been like this for a while now, continuing pain not horrible pain but its in my left, right side sometimes my abdomen hurts like unusual cramping. gas and stuff like that. Ive had floating stools, blood in my stool once but not sure because i was on my period…uh dizziness, laziness, Ive had a lot of symptoms for different things so yeah. but yesterday i was doing dishes early in the morning i ran upstairs and downstairs twice with dishes, i was trying to hurry, soon i became sick, dizzy, it was hard to stand up i felt like i could pass out or throw up id sit down and rest a couple of times trying to make it calm down i don’t know if my heart was beating fast or not. but i was really started to fade a little. the last time i took a break my head was killing me, then i noticed my leg looked kinda smaller so i went to weight myself, turns out Ive lost 10 pounds? i wasn’t trying to loose any, and i have been eating normally. what do you think is wrong with me? oh and BTW every time id rest when i stood back up its like i never rested at all. I’m only 15 years old but anyone can get any disease , so tell me what u think it is.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ll be honest, I don’t know. But I’m going to give you some advice: Stop searching symptoms and stuff on the web, because you can’t get a proper or correct answer, your symptoms could match to loads and loads of things! Before you know it you start to think everything is wrong with you. So go and see a doctor, that is the only way you can know.
      Good luck x

  30. QUESTION:
    I think my puppy may have F.N!! (kidney failure)?
    I have a 4 month old English Cocker Spaniel puppy who seems to have many of the symptoms associated with FN.
    FN is a really nasty disease common in cocker spaniels! My dog has a condition that can cause Urinary tract infections and similar kind of stuff which are similar to the symptoms of FN. buuut she does seem to drink excessively and pee an awful lot – the vet said this was down to her condition but i’m not entirely convinced. THEY havent seen how much she pees and how often (every hour).
    Ive contacted the other vet in my area and i’m going there tomo for a second opinion, but from just what i said over the phone he sounds really relaxed and thinks it may be diabetes.
    I’m not totally sure what i’ll need to do if she does have FN, has anyone experience this?

    what can i say/do to the breeder to get my money back for the pup and vet bills for her?
    The breeder told me both the parents were genetically clear of FN because all the doggy grand parents had tested normal/clear. I was stupid enough to not double check this with the KC, but i was advised by a few people to use this breeder, who is also accredited by the KC.
    Am i just being paranoid or should i be worried? I am so scared! my puppy means the world to me!

    • ANSWER:
      If the puppy means the world to you then make sure you get the right diagnosis from the vet. Unless you signed a contract with the breeders stating that something like this would be reimbursed, then you are probably out of luck. It would cost more in lawyer fees than if you just went ahead and paid the bill yourself – there is no guarantee you would win. Remember that puppies have small bladders and pee a lot. I had a pom puppy many years ago and I remember calling my vet about the very same thing. It turned out to be a mild bladder infection along with the fact that poms have small bladders. It eventually cleared up.

  31. QUESTION:
    half and half nails with no disease?
    Hello! I’m aware that most of you are probably not doctors nor dermatologist, but I’m curious to see what anwser I’ll get maybe by someone who has the same condition as me.

    I’ve noticed about a month ago that I have what they call “”half and half” nails on all my fingers except my thumbs. My finger toes are all normal color (I’m caucasian). Then I went to see a doctor and he told me not to worry about my nails and said nails are not the only things to check and that other symptoms would come before. Anyhow, he decided to get me complete blood tests, wich they came all ok and normals. No signs of kidney disease, no liver disease or anything, everything is normal.

    Now I don’t know what to do I keep reading on the internet that half & half nails is a sign of a kidney failure so I’m still a bit worried even if my doctor says not to worry and my blood tests say I’m perfectly healthy. What other reasons could cause this? Is it possible to see have half & half nails on healthy individuals? Can it simply be idiopathic? Should I continue to worry & seek or should I go see another doctor or even maybe a dermatologist?

    Thank you for taking time to read this and answering me

    • ANSWER:
      I used to have half and half nails. My doctor said it was nothing to worry about as well and I’m healthy. It eventally went away on its own. No worries, mate.

  32. QUESTION:
    What could this be? Please help?
    my mom has low back pain to her right side and i noticed it’s a little swollen than her left side and she is a little cold but she says she’s always like that!
    the pain has been on and off for just over a week!
    she doesn’t have any symptoms of kidney stones or kidney failure or kidney disease or liver disease!
    i am a little worried but we will go get blood tests and stuff in the hospital!
    please tell me, should i be worried or is this normal or what is this??
    thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest going to the ER and getting a full work-up. She may have a blockage known as hydronymphrosis which could cause the swelling on her back. Best to see a MD asap and stop guessing, that will only raise your anxiety and could even make her pain worse. Best of luck

  33. QUESTION:
    Seeking advice: What can I do about my boyfriend’s self destructive behavior?
    There is a decent age gap between my boyfriend and I and sometimes I feel he doesn’t take me seriously. He is a chain smoker, he works graveyard shifts and therefore barely ever gets adequate sleep, he doesn’t exercise, he consumes a lot of meals that are high in sodium. I know for a while he was binging and purging but supposedly that has stopped. He has high blood pressure and recently had some lab work done that showed there was protein in his urine. He was referred to a kidney specialist but has not made an appointment yet. It’s been about 3 weeks since his doctor made the referral. I did some reading on chronic kidney disease and kidney failure and even shared it with him. He shows some symptoms. It is really serious and I can’t understand why he will not take care of himself. It stresses me out because I worry about him all the time. I’m currently living 200 miles away and I am terrified that something horrible will happen to him. Whenever I express my concern, he seems to get agitated and doesn’t want to talk about it. Can anyone offer any advice on how I can approach this without making him angry? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Your concern is justified – he’s lucky to have someone who cares for him the way you do. Very difficult to influence someone from afar. And his problems/habits influence each other in circular ways. Even if you’re speaking from love, he may feel criticized. And powerless – can he quit his job, really? Can he muster the energy to find a new one, with everything else affecting his body and mood? Your concern might feel like nagging or hypochondria to him (sorry!).

      I’d say to curb the more general comments, about his eating, job, smoking, etc. Talk about only the test for now. You could say something like,

      ‘Hey, I’m really sorry I’ve been hounding you about everything. I hope you know it’s because I love you. My intention hasn’t been to make you feel bad.

      Listen, this could be nothing, or it could be something. The doctor thinks it’s worth ruling out the worst. No point in putting off knowing – if it’s not good, there’s time to take care of it. If you’re fine, we can go out for lunch afterwards – I can take a day off, and come with you, if you want. Or not. Just set everyone’s mind at ease and at least check it out”

      As for the rest of it – stop talking about things with him, it doesn’t do any good. Let him lead conversations about what he wants to do – you’ll learn more about what he wants, what’s stopping him, and therefore how to support him, by listening more than talking.

      You could coax him into things, just keep everything fun and pleasant. Plan healthy things for when you’re together, that don’t intimidate him & are within his physical grasp (e.g., gentle hike on a sunny day, easy cycle through the park plus picnic).

      ———

      He may also be stressed about all this, but in denial, a slave to habit, rudderless. Make it easy for him to share it all.

  34. QUESTION:
    What Diseases could these symptoms be from?
    My Girlfriend’s 2nd cousins. Here is the background. She had birth to 2 boys. The younger of the two passed away at about the age of 3 months. Autopsy results have only concluded heart and Kidney failure, even from specialists. The older brother is now 2 years old. He has similar symptoms but appears to have them less severe. One original Diagnosis was Bruton’s Disease which is an immune deficiency condition but this was later dismissed. He is very limited in his speech and can not walk on his own but has recently been able to stand with the help of an object. He also suffers from seizures but medication has helped. In appearance he seems to be normal and shows no obvious signs of retardation. He has seen specialists and his younger brother has been autopsied and studied by specialists but there is still no diagnosis. Thought I might give this a try.

    • ANSWER:
      Have they considered autism?

  35. QUESTION:
    Rash, bruising, tiredness?
    My nephew was at a friends about a week ago, and came home with a huge bruise on his foot, they thought it was broken, and he could hardly walk on it, but then he started getting bruises all over his lower body! He’s 4 years old by the way. But along with the bruises he’s been developing a rash all over his lower body and up his back, and I guess he’s just whipped and can’t really do much. I haven’t personally seen these symptoms, I’ve just been hearing all about them, but it seems like it’s getting worse every day, and nobody knows what to do. The doctors around here never seem to have a clue what’s going on, half the time you end up telling them what’s wrong with your kid… They are saying that they should take my nephew down to a specialist, but I have a feeling that would be extremely expensive, and I guess I just want to have some idea of what might bee going on here. The current doctor is saying that it sounds like diabetes, heart disease, blood disease, kidney failure, arthritis, and about a dozen other possibilities. I realize that it’s sort of like a process of elimination to figure out what the problem is, but they’ve been taking blood, doing x-rays, ultrasounds, the whole 9 yards for about 3 days now, they’ve actually been there a total of 20 hours in the last 3 days. Any suggestions at what this could be would be appreciated!
    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      It could be any number of things but there is a condition called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) which is a rare autoimmune disease where the blood doesn’t clot as it should. The skin bruises very easily and there are small red dots called petechiae that appear and can look like a rash. There are two types of ITP: acute (temporary or short-term) and chronic (long-lasting). The acute ITP lasts about 6 months and mainly occurs in children, usually after an infection caused by a virus.

      Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

      http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Idiopathic_thrombocytopenic_purpura

      http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Idiopathic-Thrombocytopenic-Purpura-%28ITP%29.htm

  36. QUESTION:
    My little guy is sick?
    I’m frustrated!!! My little schnauzer was sick New Years Eve, throwing up, couldn’t keep food down. His pee was also very clear. We brought him to the emergency room New Years Day. If was given an anti-nausi shot, and we were told to give him a bland diet. We noticed he didn’t change much in the next few days, so we brought him to our vet. He was then checked for everything, Addison’s disease, kidney failure etc.. almost 00 later, we had no answers. We did notice he starting feeling better and was cleared of all symptoms later that week (around the 7th) He had been back to his old self untill today, he’s thrown up about 4 times in 2 hours. I feel helpless, does anyone have a clue?

    • ANSWER:
      Im not sure if this is the correct diagnosis because Im not a doctor..but I am a living true case. When I was a baby I had the same exact symptoms..it’s more common in boys than in girls..my mother was frustrated because she took me to several doctors. Finally one doctor felt my little belly and had a strong feeling that I had an “Instential Block”. Basically it won’t allow all the food to be absorbed into the intestines..they had to do surgery on me when I was 2 weeks old and my chance of surviving at that time was 50% now a days the medical field has advanced this was 30 years ago ~ I did just fine through surgery and the vomiting ceased..you might want to bring this up to the doctor next time u are in..sometimes we have to be our own advocate. Good luck to you~

  37. QUESTION:
    My dog died from cancer this morning.?
    I’m upset and ticked off at the same time. all of us believe she passed away because of kidney disease…which was NOT diagnosed. 2 weeks ago I asked my vet to test her for it, but she said there’s no conclusive symptoms to say she has it…she said that because at the time she was on Prednisone, and it makes them urinate more. But I tried to tell her not no 10 times a day because when she first started it she didn’t have to go that much.
    Do you think it was right of her to deny a test to see if she had kidney disease/failure?

    I can’t handle all this. she was like a child to me, part of the family.

    Another thing I find really weird…my sister noticed on my dog’s chest that was in the shape of a heart. the only parts that were wet was the outline of the shape itself…that’s it. nothing else on her body was wet. What really got to me was when my sister told me maybe in some way something was letting us know that she loved us too…b/c last night we kept telling her we loved her over and over again…we just had a feeling something was going to happen, that’s why we kept saying it.
    We just don’t know how else it got there, we’ve trying every possible way she could of got it there….nothing.
    what do you think?
    and please, don’t say nothing sarcastic or anything. I am heartbroken right now and I will report your answer.
    she was diagnosed with it in Nov. 2008, they did a fine needle aspiration and xrays, and bloodwork.
    the whole heart deal, I was just thinking it was weird, i didn’t say i thought she “died” from it. I just don’t understand how it got their.
    I know that I couldn’t of really done anything if she did have kidney disease/failure, but i would of liked to of known, that’s just what we think she died from, we know the cancer itself can cause it.

    • ANSWER:
      The Rainbow Bridge story
      Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

      There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

      The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

      They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

      The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

      Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together

      …. Author unknown

  38. QUESTION:
    Is there a chance I have kidney or liver disease/ I’m 15?
    I’m a 15 year old female.

    Let’s get this straight, I hate eating. I take caffine pills, my deppresion/anxiety pills. I barely eat anything and when I do I cry about it. So I usually eat naked in front of the mirror so I won’t eat. I’ve OD’d plenty of times and ended up in the ER alot.

    I have all the symptoms of kidney infections, and when I was at the ER for OD I was told that if I didn’t arrive at the hospital sooner I would of had liver failure.

    What do I have? Whats wrong with me? I’m worried.

    • ANSWER:
      EAT!!!
      ur hurting urself! :(

  39. QUESTION:
    How is my essay? Ten points!?
    The topic of the essay was to address a problem concerning American society of particular concern to you, and to propose one or more positive solutions.

    “The Big ‘C’”: A Different Meaning to Me
    The machine beeped noisily as it slowly turned on. The nightly routine had now begun— the bags had been opened, the solution was warming, and the tubing was priming. Five minutes later, the monstrous mechanism that sat on the nightstand read, “Connect yourself”. And I watched from afar as my mother, donning a mask, joined the tube on the machine with the tube coming out of her stomach.
    Drain 1 of 4…Fill 1 of 4…Dwell 1 of 4…Drain 2 of 4…the cycle repeated over and over again, for eight hours straight, until an obnoxious tone startled those who had since fallen asleep. My mother’s dialysis was finally over…until tomorrow night. And this had become her life; relying on a machine to stay alive.
    “The big ‘C’”…when used medically, the phrase almost universally brings to mind the word “cancer”. Cancer is a horrific disease in itself. My grandmother died from it. But to me, the phrase brings to mind “chronic kidney failure”. It’s a disease my mother suffers from; one she had contracted months before it was ever diagnosed, yet she hadn’t known it.
    The symptoms were easy to attribute to other, more common ailments. The back pain—part of getting older. The bad taste in her mouth—needing to brush her teeth more. The feeling tired all the time—working too much. She had no idea that her kidneys were being destroyed by an invisible attacker.
    The point here? There was little literature about her condition readily available to her. Sure, you would find information about kidney disease at any decent nephrologist’s office. But at the time my mother needed it most, it wasn’t somewhere she could see it in everyday life.
    Last year, I saw advertisements for cancer screenings, sleep aids, arthritis medications, pain relievers, cold and flu medications, erectile dysfunction, overactive bladder, depression, high cholesterol medications, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, just to name a few. There was nothing about kidney failure. Not a word.
    The progression of my mother’s condition could have been slowed significantly. If someone, a year ago, had sat her down and told her that her kidneys were wasting away, she could have done something about it. She could have changed her diet, gotten more exercise, and taken medication. But she never got the chance.
    WebMD has an application called the “symptom checker”, which allows you to input the problem you’re having and view the possible causes. While this feeds the worries of many hypochondriacs, perhaps it wouldn’t hurt if the American Kidney Foundation ran an advertisement (or infomercial) on television every now and then explaining the symptoms of kidney disease. Maybe a page or two about it in a popular magazine wouldn’t be a bad thing, either.
    The diseases that are the most treatable are the ones people can see. For example, Americans go to the dermatologist if they see psoriasis developing on their skin. They go to the dentist if their gums appear inflamed. But many irreversible conditions are silent enemies, with very few or easily dismissed symptoms. Using “snail mail” or e-mail to spread information about these silent enemies would be a good thing as well. Although many would dismiss it as junk mail or spam, it may catch someone’s eye just as it sails into the trash. It may save a life.
    The thesis of my argument isn’t confined simply to renal failure. I know of kidney disease only through personal experience with it. There are so many conditions that affect Americans daily that you and I have never even heard of. But without the literature, there’s no hope of us ever knowing about them. Spreading the word is the best people like me can do, but it seems to not happen often. I have learned more about the workings of the kidneys and their dysfunction in the last six months than I ever thought I would know. I have told more people about my mother’s story than I can count. Hopefully, it will make a difference to someone, someday.
    It’s too late for my mother. That machine on her bedside will be working tonight and every night thereafter. But in all honesty, it doesn’t upset us anymore. We now have the opportunity to spare someone else from what we went through. However, I hope that a community (such as the American Kidney Foundation) with more public outreach than I could ever dream of having takes the suggestions of people like my mother and I and tries to save someone from any virtually unknown disease. Someone. Anyone. Because that’s all that really matters.

    Please be constructive if you have criticism. What do you think of it? Ten points to most thorough answer!

    • ANSWER:
      First, I’m sorry to hear about your mother’s condition. Secondly, you’ve written a very moving and well thought out essay. Two editorial comments:
      Next to last paragraph – “it seems TO NOT HAPPEN often” should read “it seems NOT TO HAPPEN often.”

      Last paragraph – “people like my mother and I” should read “people like my mother and ME.”

      Good luck to you and your mom.

  40. QUESTION:
    How does this essay sound? Ten points, help!?
    The subject of the essay was to discuss a problem confronting American society of particular concern to you and to propose one or more positive ways to deal with the problem.

    “The Big ‘C’”: A Different Meaning for Me
    The machine beeped noisily as it slowly turned on. The nightly routine had now begun— the bags had been opened, the solution was warming, and the tubing was priming. Five minutes later, the monstrous mechanism that sat on the nightstand read, “Connect yourself”. And I watched from afar as my mother, donning a mask, joined the tube on the machine with the tube coming out of her stomach.
    Drain 1 of 4…Fill 1 of 4…Dwell 1 of 4…Drain 2 of 4…the cycle repeated over and over again, for eight hours straight, until an obnoxious tone startled those who had since fallen asleep. My mother’s dialysis was finally over…until tomorrow night. And this had become her life; relying on a machine to stay alive.
    “The big ‘C’”…when used medically, the phrase almost universally brings to mind the word “cancer”. Cancer is a horrific disease in itself. My grandmother died from it. But to me, the phrase brings to mind “chronic kidney failure”. It’s a disease my mother suffers from; one she had contracted months before it was ever diagnosed, yet she hadn’t known it.
    The symptoms were easy to attribute to other, more common ailments. The back pain—part of getting older. The bad taste in her mouth—needing to brush her teeth more. The feeling tired all the time—working too much. She had no idea that her kidneys were being destroyed by an invisible attacker.
    The point here? There was little literature about her condition readily available to her. Sure, you would find information about kidney disease at any decent nephrologist’s office. But at the time my mother needed it most, it wasn’t somewhere she could see it in everyday life.
    Last year, I saw advertisements for cancer screenings, sleep aids, arthritis medications, pain relievers, cold and flu medications, erectile dysfunction, overactive bladder, depression, high cholesterol medications, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, just to name a few. There was nothing about kidney failure. Not a word.
    My mother’s condition was preventable. If someone, a year ago, had sat her down and told her that her kidneys were shutting down, she could have done something about it. She could have changed her diet, gotten more exercise, and taken medication. But she never got the chance.
    WebMD has an application called the “symptom checker”, which allows you to input the problem you’re having and view the possible causes. While this feeds the worries of many hypochondriacs, perhaps it wouldn’t hurt if the American Kidney Foundation ran an advertisement (or infomercial) on television every now and then explaining the symptoms of kidney disease. Maybe a page or two about it in a popular magazine wouldn’t be a bad thing, either.
    The diseases that are the most treatable are the ones people can see. For example, Americans go to the dermatologist if they see psoriasis developing on their skin. They go to the dentist if their gums appear inflamed. But many irreversible conditions are silent enemies, with very few or easily dismissed symptoms. Using “snail mail” or e-mail to spread information about these silent enemies would be a good thing as well. Although many would dismiss it as junk mail or spam, it may catch someone’s eye just as it sails into the trash. It may save a life.
    The thesis of my argument isn’t confined simply to renal failure. I know of kidney disease only through personal experience with it. There are so many conditions that affect Americans daily that you and I have never even heard of. But without the literature, there’s no hope of us ever knowing about them. Spreading the word is the best people like me can do, but it seems to not happen often. I have learned more about the workings of the kidneys and their dysfunction in the last six months than I ever thought I would know. I have told more people about my mother’s story than I can count. Hopefully, it will make a difference to someone, someday.
    It’s too late for my mother. That machine on her bedside will be working tonight and every night after. But in all honesty, it doesn’t upset us anymore. We now have the opportunity to spare someone else from what we went through. However, I hope that a community (such as the American Kidney Foundation) with more public outreach than I could ever dream of having takes the suggestions of people like my mother and I and tries to save someone from any virtually unknown disease. Someone. Anyone. Because that’s all that really matters.

    It’s for a full-ride scholarship I’m applying for. What do you think? And please, if you’re one of those people who has to act like a big deal on Yahoo! Answers and tear down everyone’s work even if it’s good, don’t bother to answer. Thank you! Ten points!

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    Do you like my essay? Ten points!?
    The subject of the essay was to discuss a problem confronting American society of particular concern to you and to propose one or more positive ways to deal with the problem.

    “The Big ‘C’”: A Different Meaning for Me
    The machine beeped noisily as it slowly turned on. The nightly routine had now begun— the bags had been opened, the solution was warming, and the tubing was priming. Five minutes later, the monstrous mechanism that sat on the nightstand read, “Connect yourself”. And I watched from afar as my mother, donning a mask, joined the tube on the machine with the tube coming out of her stomach.
    Drain 1 of 4…Fill 1 of 4…Dwell 1 of 4…Drain 2 of 4…the cycle repeated over and over again, for eight hours straight, until an obnoxious tone startled those who had since fallen asleep. My mother’s dialysis was finally over…until tomorrow night. And this had become her life; relying on a machine to stay alive.
    “The big ‘C’”…when used medically, the phrase almost universally brings to mind the word “cancer”. Cancer is a horrific disease in itself. My grandmother died from it. But to me, the phrase brings to mind “chronic kidney failure”. It’s a disease my mother suffers from; one she had contracted months before it was ever diagnosed, yet she hadn’t known it.
    The symptoms were easy to attribute to other, more common ailments. The back pain—part of getting older. The bad taste in her mouth—needing to brush her teeth more. The feeling tired all the time—working too much. She had no idea that her kidneys were being destroyed by an invisible attacker.
    The point here? There was little literature about her condition readily available to her. Sure, you would find information about kidney disease at any decent nephrologist’s office. But at the time my mother needed it most, it wasn’t somewhere she could see it in everyday life.
    Last year, I saw advertisements for cancer screenings, sleep aids, arthritis medications, pain relievers, cold and flu medications, erectile dysfunction, overactive bladder, depression, high cholesterol medications, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, just to name a few. There was nothing about kidney failure. Not a word.
    My mother’s condition was preventable. If someone, a year ago, had sat her down and told her that her kidneys were shutting down, she could have done something about it. She could have changed her diet, gotten more exercise, and taken medication. But she never got the chance.
    WebMD has an application called the “symptom checker”, which allows you to input the problem you’re having and view the possible causes. While this feeds the worries of many hypochondriacs, perhaps it wouldn’t hurt if the American Kidney Foundation ran an advertisement (or infomercial) on television every now and then explaining the symptoms of kidney disease. Maybe a page or two about it in a popular magazine wouldn’t be a bad thing, either.
    The diseases that are the most treatable are the ones people can see. For example, Americans go to the dermatologist if they see psoriasis developing on their skin. They go to the dentist if their gums appear inflamed. But many irreversible conditions are silent enemies, with very few or easily dismissed symptoms. Using “snail mail” or e-mail to spread information about these silent enemies would be a good thing as well. Although many would dismiss it as junk mail or spam, it may catch someone’s eye just as it sails into the trash. It may save a life.
    The thesis of my argument isn’t confined simply to renal failure. I know of kidney disease only through personal experience with it. There are so many conditions that affect Americans daily that you and I have never even heard of. But without the literature, there’s no hope of us ever knowing about them. Spreading the word is the best people like me can do, but it seems to not happen often. I have learned more about the workings of the kidneys and their dysfunction in the last six months than I ever thought I would know. I have told more people about my mother’s story than I can count. Hopefully, it will make a difference to someone, someday.
    It’s too late for my mother. That machine on her bedside will be working tonight and every night after. But in all honesty, it doesn’t upset us anymore. We now have the opportunity to spare someone else from what we went through. However, I hope that a community (such as the American Kidney Foundation) with more public outreach than I could ever dream of having takes the suggestions of people like my mother and I and tries to save someone from any virtually unknown disease. Someone. Anyone. Because that’s all that really matters.

    It’s for a full-ride scholarship I’m applying for. What do you think? Did I address the topic well? And please, if you’re one of those people who has to act like a big deal on Yahoo! Answers and tear down everyone’s work even if it’s good, don’t bother to answer. Thank you! Ten points!

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    OMG OMG shocking news. Is this true??
    Heavy metal poisoning has become an increasingly major health problem, especially since the industrial revolution. Heavy metals are in the water we drink, the foods we eat, the air we breathe, our daily household cleaners, our cookware and our other daily tools. A heavy metal has a density at least 5 times that of water and cannot be metabolized by the body, therefore accumulating in the body. Heavy metal toxicity can cause our mental functions, energy, nervous system, kidneys, lungs and other organ functions to decline. Learning where these metals can be found and decreasing one’s exposure is vital to staying healthy. For the person who wonders if they have heavy metal poisoning, testing is essential. If a person has heavy metal toxicity then interventional natural medicine procedures need to be performed.

    I remember someone, once said tap waters are healthy, GTFO you lying fool

    Sources: Tap water, fungicides, marijuana, processed meat, rubber, seafood (cod, haddock, oyster, tuna), sewage, tobacco, colas (especially from vending machines), tools, welding material, evaporated milk, airborne industrial contaminants, batteries, instant coffee, incineration of tires/rubber/plastic, refined grains, soft water, galvanized pipes, dental alloys, candy, ceramics, electroplating fertilizers, paints, motor oil and motor exhaust.

    Symptoms and DIseases: Alopecia, anemia, arthritis, cancer, lung disease, cerebral hemorrhage, cirrhosis of the liver, enlarged heart, diabetes, emphysema, hypoglycemia, hypertension, impotence, infertility, kidney disease, learning disorders, migraines, inflammation, renal disease, osteoporosis, schizophrenia, strokes, vascular disease, high cholesterol, growth is impaired, cardiovascular disease,

    Also, does nickle engenders kidney failure?

    There’s the link, http://www.heart-disease-bypass-surgery.com/data/articles/141.htm

    • ANSWER:
      It is true that our environment is polluted there are people who will be affected just as many animals have been affected by the same pollutants. So we see many fish today which are born with malformed genitalia, deformed fins, extra fins, etc., because they are poisoned by the hormones from the female contraceptive pills which are discharged with the sewage into rivers and sea.

      But it is equally true, if the evolutionist are right, that some who are the “fitter” will adapt to the heavy metals, radio-nuclides, hormones, dioxin, poisons, etc., in our environment and go on to produce stronger and fitter stock. e.g. humans with extra fingers, bigger (or smaller) brain, bisexuals who can cope better in our liberal society, etc.

      So there is really no need to worry. In the long run, evolution will sort it out as it has always been doing. Volcanoes, for example, spewed out poisons and killed off many life forms, but some survive and after millions of years these repopulated the earth. Meteors and comets smashing into our earth brought their heavy metals and other life forms (viruses and bacteria) and probably killed off many earth life, but at the same time brought enduring mutations. The process keeps going on and it gets sorted out. Even global hotification.

  43. QUESTION:
    Puppy–frequent colorless, odorless, urine.?
    My 4 1/2 month old puppy has recently been urinating super frequently (i.e. every 30 minutes or even more often than that). Her urine comes in large quantities for a very small dog (4 pounds) and is colorless and pretty much odorless as well. She also doesn’t seem to be growing a whole lot (although I see her every day so it’s harder for me to judge). At first I thought she just had a UTI so I took her to the vet and had a urinalysis done…it showed some white blood cells so the vet put her on antibiotics. Because of her age, I also had a blood test done to test her kidneys. The blood test showed no irregular kidney function, but the vet also said that dysfunction would only really show up if there was 75% failure. A few days have passed since then, and she doesn’t seem to be responding to the antibiotics at all. Everything I have read online says her symptoms point to kidney failure….is it possible the renal disease has just not progressed enough yet to show up? She is still active and playful and has a normal appetite. If kidney disease is the problem, how long would it take to kill a dog her size? Does anyone have any experience with this? I am completely devastated.
    She doesn’t seem to be drinking more water than usual either.

    • ANSWER:
      Is she drinking a lot more water than usual, too?
      Sometimes dogs just drink a lot of water because they like it or are bored.
      Another test that can be done is a water deprivation test to make sure she is able to concentrate her urine normally. (You can mention it to the vet if you like.)
      Although it is possible for a puppy to have kidney disease, I believe it would show up in the blood work. If you are worried, have blood work done on her again at a 1 – 1 1/2 years of age.
      I have had a cat and a dog die of kidney failure, but both were seniors. I was able to treat both of them for quite some time and their quality of life remained good for a long while.

      ADDITION:
      Other reasons for excessive drinking and urination: Hypothyroidism and diabetes.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is this emotional child abuse and what can I do about it?
    My son has a chronic illness. He has kidney disease. Because of his symptoms, renal bleeding, fevers, kidney infections, and severe pain, he has missed alot of school. Within the last few months, we have been visited about a dozen times by a local truant officer. She has also pulled my son away from class at school, pulled him away from his lunch. Threatened him with having CFS taking him away from us, threatening him with his parents going to jail, also telling him that he is not sick, that he is faking everything and tried to get him to sign a paper stating that. She has also told him that it is his fault that she is getting in trouble with her boss, and that his mom suffers from Muchausen by proxy and needs to be institutuionalized. Also the day after he came home from the hospital after actually going into kidney failure, this truant officer shows up at the door and demands he be at school, again accusing him of faking it.Can I have her charged with emotional child abuse.
    We met with the school officials before we moved here. They assured us that they would work with us. We have given documentation, letters from the doctors etc… They have never even offered tutors, programs or anything. The principal is well awarfe of what is going on. He actually has even defended her actions. We have gone through hell and are trying to use the system but it seems to be failing us. The only other solution we think now is possibly the court system. I have talked with her supervisor who claims we are the first to complain, yet, we have spoken to at least a dozen other parents who have also had similar problems. she is employed by the county, it is called an “attendance assistance program”for the schools. It cares nothing for the sick choildren or their education. It’s only purpose is to get kids in the classroom so the schools can collect their state money.

    • ANSWER:
      something isn’t right here. a friend of mine has a child with a disability and misses a lot of school….this never happens to her child. how can this happen if your son is sick? report this person. if your child is this sick, this is all documented by the school….i just don’t see how this is happening.

  45. QUESTION:
    Anyone have any ideas or been through this with their dog?
    My dog was hospitalized for 4 days on IV fluids, she would not eat and would vomit if she did, when I would visit her she would eat but vomit after I left. Her BUN and creatine were elevated, and WBC, ALT and Potassium. I seen she was so nervous to be away I took her home on friday. She has not vomited once at home and is eating k/d,drinking water, normal urine and stool, she is playful been on walks everyday and running around with her toys and my other dogs. No signs of dehydration, but she is shaking. She is a three year old jack russell and has always shaked but not as much. Could it be a side affect from the antibotics she is taking? Kidney disease is possible but repeat testing next Saturday after one week of meds. Would she have done so well the past three days if she is in kidney failure? waiting on Addisons results also.. I dont know what to think. She was retested this Saturday and her creatinine dropped to 2 from 3.5 BUN little change. The Vet said as long as the Creatinine improved over the last 12hrs he was not as worried, Potassium was normal also but WBC still slightly elevated. Anyone been through this?? I am so upset, I love my baby and will pay or do anything if she has a chance. She was hospitalized for dehydration due possible obstruction from digging in gravel, she has no previous symptoms of kidney disease and blood work last year was normal.
    My dog did recieve a injection on thursday for Addisons? could this be why she is feeling better?

    • ANSWER:
      She is in a type of kidney failure which is why her levels are up. Did they ever suggest it was kidney stones (uric crystals?) That would cause pain which might explain the high levels and the shaking from pain. She also might have a kidney infection which shows from the elevated WBC. If crystals are blocking the ureter that can cause an infection.

  46. QUESTION:
    Should we put our dog down?
    He is 12 years old, 84 in dog years. He’s always been spunky active VERY loyal and a lap dog even though he’s too big lol. But the last few weeks he has taken a turn for “old age” the worse. His right leg is swollen, tore a tendon or something vet thinks, his breathing has changed, skin is sagging, has masses all over him, and he’s lost alot of his bladder control. He started vomitting last night from about 2am-9am this morning and it was a yellow bile type fizzy vomit. It was not small I couldn’t believe he had that much in him to keep going. He wont’ really eat, and he’s just been laying there and peeing on himself. We pretty much have to carry him to go outside or anywhere else cause he just doesn’t want to move. We cant afford the EKG for his bad heart and a diagnosis on the exact issues at hand. The vet gave us some stuff to try to help over the weekend but I really think we are going to have to put him down…..I have been doing some research and making phone calls seems most of his symptoms are a sign of kidney disease or failure and it’s at least 30% failed now. Ive only been there for 2 years of his life, but my fiance has had him 12 years..Any suggestions? My 5 year old daughter loves him she’ll be devistated.
    Thank you to everyone who has answered so quickly. We would LOVE to get him fully diagnosed and better. But it will cost us about 1000 to do this and we just dont have that type of income right now with me in college. He has been a wonderful dog and had a great life. For those of you who asked what we have found out…the vet has told us this might be our last option. Around here there is no one that wants to take payments……Why is this so hard to do??? I hope I never have to decide this on any human life on support at a hospital I couldn’t do it. Thanks so much everyone.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s possible that you could treat these issues, but he’s have to have a pretty thorough work-up first. Treatment is likely to be pretty expensive too, and your chance of returning him to a quality of life that he can enjoy is pretty low.

      You can’t diagnose kidney failure from these symptoms alone. (Kidney failure symptoms appear when only 20-30% of the kidneys are still working – 70-80% failed.) It’s very possible something else is going on, like cancer. But whatever it is, your dog is suffering a lot.

      If this were my dog, I’d have the vet euthanize him to end his suffering. I’m really sorry. Frankly, I’d do it today, or at the very latest tomorrow (if the medicine didn’t have any effect by then).

      I’d advise being honest with your 5-year-old. Try to avoid euphemisms like “put to sleep” or “put down” – it confuses little kids. (Just imagine the next time someone says “I’m going to go put the baby to sleep” or similar situations.) She’ll be really sad, but it’s often surprising how well little kids can handle difficult times like this.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is there something wrong? Or am I just paranoid? ?
    I’m 13 and whenever I see the symptoms of a disease (e.g Kidney Failure, Depression and Lung Cancer) I automatically think I have the disease. It’s like I diagnose myself. So the odd thing is, I convince myself I suffer from the symptoms. I’d reach back to things that happened in the past and link it with the disease. (e.g: I’d remember getting a back pain two months ago, so I link that back pain with kidney failure)

    Maybe I’m paranoid, big deal. But what if it’s something worse? Like, do I have an anxiety disorder?

    Lately, I’ve convinced myself of Depression. Now, I think I’m sad and angry, but when I observe myself, I’m still out with my friends, pulling jokes and laughing.

    The fear of having the disease goes away after I talk to a professional, who can diagnose me or not. With the Kidney Failure thing, I talked to my diabetic doctor and he said I was fine. So I discarded my fears and moved onto something else.

    I was upset one day, so I looked up depression. Then (since I was sad) it was the perfect mental environment for me to tell myself I was depressed. Then I have a constant fear of having depression that I actually get depressed…

    confusing, I know. I’m one with the many 30% of freaks on this planet :-D

    Any advise on what to do?
    LOL. Thanks. But, I have type 1 diabetes. You don’t have to be over-weight. I was diagnosed when I was 2. Simply by Genetics. You make it sound like I chose to have it!

    If I had my way, It would be gone.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, if you are a 13-year-old who alreaady has diabetes, no wonder you worry about other medical stuff. It is somewhat normal, though I have known a few people who think they are coming down with whatever the latest disease is…

      Medical students are famous for thinking they have whatever they have learned about…it sounds like you might have some issues with anxiety–talk to your parents or your school guidance counselor about it…perhaps you could have some short-term therapy that would help you ease your mind about things.

      Don’t worry, you’re perfectly normal!

  48. QUESTION:
    Chronic renal failure?
    Scenario B: Chronic renal failure. Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for the past 5 years. His doctor has told him that his heart is not functioning well, needing more and more medicine to maintain circulatory function. He has noticed that he is not urinating more than once a day.

    oWhy is the condition of Mr. Hodges’s kidneys affecting the rest of his body?
    oAs his chronic renal failure worsens what other symptoms and signs might occur in his respiratory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems?
    oWhat is causing Mr. Hodges’s kidney disease?
    oWhat are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      so this is why the nurses at the nursing homes are so clueless they ask all their questions on yahoo answers.

      He has Congestive heart failure, that is the reason for his kidney disease. there is less blood flow to the kidney. fluid leaks into the interstitial compartments.

      dyspenia, troble breathing, a specfic condition known as PND he will wake up in the middle of night short of breath, this is because when you fall asleep blood seeps into your intravasculat compartment (up to 1 liter), thisis really a horrible condition, its just like torture. Pray that you never have to witness it.

      kidney disease is secondary to heart failure BASED SOLELY on the information provided. though there is a labyrhinth of possabliities

      diretucs (not so much because of his RF), digitalis, if he’s on an ace inhibitor and having those symptoms it might be due to renal artery stenosis…. in that case the ace inhibitor is counterproductive and contributing to his renal failure (RF).

      for that part I will link you to my other answer. do tell this to all patients like this. God will reward you for it!!

      Google the following..

      Dr Stephen Sinatra “Metabolic Cardiology” or any other books by him, he is a cardiologist (cardiac surgeon)with over 30 years of experience, and made his own protocol.

      he says something liek this in his book, but I suggest yuor read it/google it.
      D-Ribose: 15 Grams per day cost is like ~ for 8oz
      Coenzyme Q10: 400mg (atleast 1 to 2 times per day) for 60 capsules
      L-Carnitine (1.5 to 3 grams per day) get the powdered form its alot cheaper. ~ if not you can buy the tablets . (500mg each)
      Magnesium Supplements (atleast 400mg per day)
      Taurine: (atleast 1 gram per day, up to 4 grams maybe more i don’t remember the top bracket of it) for 300 tablets 500 mg each. about a few months supply.

      and check the following treatments, he likely has CHF or congestive heart failure he needs this treatment called EECP (35 treatments where they put blood pressure cuffs on the patients legs and abdoment to pump blood back to the heart for 1 hr a day for 35 days to make it stronger, (increased ejection fraction). It makes new blood vessels to that they can get blood to the damaged tissue and save it. It has been shown to IMPROVE heart function. It was just approved after 50 years of research.

      If you have cardiomyopathy look into stem cells, they can be found in thailand, mexico, the carribean and india. some are cheaper than others.

  49. QUESTION:
    Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for?
    Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for the past 5 years. His doctor has told him that his heart is not functioning well, needing more and more medicine to maintain circulatory function. He has noticed that he is not urinating more than once a day.
    5. Why is the condition of Mr. Hodges‘s kidneys affecting the rest of his body?
    6. As his chronic renal failure worsens, what other symptoms and signs might occur in his respiratory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems?
    7. What is causing Mr. Hodges‘s kidney disease?
    8. What are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Mr. Hodges has chronic Renal Failure. This means that his kidneys have failed to function properly. This also means that his body is no longer able to eliminate the metabolic toxic wastes his body is producing as the byproducts of the metabolic processes occurring in every cell of his body. When the amount of these metabolic wastes accumulate in the system, they begin to poison every cell in the body. This is how it affects the functions of the other organs in the different systems of the body. So as long as Mr. Hodges does not improve his urine output, he will deteriorate even if he is bombarded with drugs. Worse yet, the drugs will also aggravate his condition because their metabolites will also become additional poisons into his systems.

      The best approach to Mr Hodges problem is first increase his water intake. Not any other fluid but water! Water is the best diuretic and the body only excretes more urine if the body is provided with more. The adult human body is at least 70% water. If this percentage lowers, like plants the cells will wither. This withering will cause cell deterioration and when it dies, its the beginning of an organ failure. So for cells to maintain good health, adequate hydration in the form of proper water intake is very important. Avoid dehydrating beverages like coffee, tea, soft drinks, sodas, colas, alcohol, energy drinks, and of course, diuretic drugs.

      Unless the water requirement is met daily, Mr Hodges will continue to deteriorate because his cells will. Drugs will make him worse!

  50. QUESTION:
    How should I treat my cat (vets wont help!)?
    My cat is 11 years old, and weighs about 12 lbs. For about a week now, she’s been very lethargic. she sleeps all day, sits in the same spot for hours. Sometimes moves a little bit, but gets tired and just goes to sleep right there. She is not eating or drinking. I have to force feed her. And the thing that concerns me most is that she is breathing heavily. I can see her stomach go really big, when she tries to breath. Two days ago we brought it to a veterinarian, but her condition gets really worse because she was never brought anywhere that far. When we got there, she started breathing really heavily, and starting crying, because she was scared. It looked like she was about to die right there(thats how bad it was). The vet said that she was in a very bad condition and would not be able to survive for long. The vet said that she may have kidney failure or heart disease. They said they couldn’t treat her because they do not have over night services or some crap and told us to go to another hospital that was too far away. So I brought it home and gave her home remedies including turmeric powder, garlic powder, and cranberry podwer(a smashed up cranberry pill). After giving the home remedies, she was able to urinate. There was nothing wrong with it, just that it was dark urine, with lots of odor. It’s current diet includes wet cat food (about 2 spoons a day). Other symptoms include inablity to urinate(last urination was wednesday about 2pm), and constipation. Can you guys tell me what I should do besides bringing it to a vet? Is there any herbal medicine I can use to treat her? I don’t want to bring her back to a vet because I believe it will get extremely worse, because she gets so scared and starts breathing really heavily. At home she is calm and looks like she is doing OK for now. I need to know what kind of illness she has. What should her diet be like? What should I feed it, and how much I should feed it? Anything I should avoid? Oh, and last question… Does catnip stimulate lethargic cats? Thank you for answering.
    how long does it have if it has kidney failure?

    • ANSWER:
      garlic powder is poisonous to cats.

      cat needs a vet. first vet told you what to do, just not in so many words. the vets suggestion was to put your cat to sleep to end its misery.
      i am sorry, but she is suffering.

      kidney disease causes the cat to dehydrate, which causes constipation. cat sleeps a lot, moves little, and does not urinate very much.

      as the heart fails, oxygen cant be processed and the cat breathes heavier in an attempt to take in more oxygen.

      i am sorry, but anything you do at home will only prolong the suffering.